Obama holds year-end news conference before leaving for annual vacation

In this Dec. 15, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington. Obama is preparing to take questions from reporters at the White House on Dec. 18, before starting his annual Hawaii vacation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
In this Dec. 15, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington. Obama is preparing to take questions from reporters at the White House on Dec. 18, before starting his annual Hawaii vacation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to take questions from reporters at the White House before starting his annual Hawaii vacation.

The White House says Obama will hold his traditional year-end news conference on Friday afternoon. Then the president will depart for San Bernardino, California, where he plans to meet with families of the 14 victims of the recent mass shooting. Obama doesn’t plan any public appearances while in California.

The California stop will be Obama’s last before he travels to Hawaii to spend Christmas and New Year’s with his family. Obama has vacationed in Hawaii every year since taking office.

Obama is scheduled to return to the White House a few days after New Year’s to start his last year in office.

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