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Aloha, Vacation; Aloha, Full Plate

President Obama is now back at the White House, perhaps a bit jet lagged and regretful that his working vacation is officially over.

Aides won't rule out a public appearance, but say it's unlikely we'll see him today. But he will jump right back to work with more briefings on the attempted Christmas Day airline attack and the threats from al Qaida in Yemen that are increasingly in public focus. He'll have a larger meeting with his security team tomorrow at the White House. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, was the public face for the administration today, calling instability in Yeman "a threat to regional stability and even global stability."

The economy will also stay in focus, particularly with a jobs report due at week's end. Before Air Force One touched down in the Washington area, deputy press secretary Bill Burton talked about the full plate welcoming the president as he returns.

"When you're President of the United States you've got to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, so you can anticipate there's going to be a very heavy push to get Americans back to work, to get the economy as strong as it can be, along with some of the other things that we left behind at the end of the year to get finished up here -- health care, financial regulatory reform," Burton said. "Then also along with what's happening on these counterterrorism measures and Yemen, we've also got issues to deal with with Iran and North Korea and Pakistan. And you can bet that the President and his principals and deputies will all be taking on their full plates of work with rested minds hopefully and we'll be able to make some good progress here right out of the starting gate."

In the near distance is the president's first official State of the Union address, expected no later than early February. Meetings had taken place with the president on the speech before he left for Hawaii, and he likely worked on it informally during the 11-day trip. Burton had few additional details other than to say the address "is going to have to cover quite a bit of ground."