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President Obama spent New Year’s Day with his family, both past and present. The president took his daughters and wife too visit a research and exhibit center featuring a display of the work of the president’s mother, the late Ann Dunham. The exhibit features research that Ms. Dunham did in Indonesia and a collection of her personal artifacts.
The president also took a visit to the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific at Punchbowl, a place where the president’s grandmother, Stanley Dunham, is buried. The president and his family took the visits shortly after he signed the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial measure that pays soldiers salaries, but also allows for the indefinite detention of terror suspects.
“Moving forward, my administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded,”said President Obama.
The bill spends over $600 billion on personnel and weapons systems.
“We’ve got an economy that is showing some positive signs; we’ve seen many consecutive months of private sector job growth,” Mr Obama said last week before departing his Christmas vacation. “But it’s not happening as fast as it needs to.”