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Reporter asks: Will Obama spend Christmas alone?

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 p.m. HST, Dec 21, 2011

 The topic of Hawaii came up Tuesday at a press briefing at the White House and generated a few chuckles.

According to a transcript, Press Secretary Jay Carney took this question on the topic of how long President Barack Obama intended to stay in Washington to work with Congress.

Question: “Jay, I just want to put a finer point then — are you saying there’s a scenario that’s possible, on Dec. 25th, where the president wakes up and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is on, and he puts on his Christmas sweater in the White House, and he’s all alone and his family is in Hawaii?”

Carney: And he and (House Speaker) John Boehner (laughter) —

Q. “He invites John Boehner over and — is it possible that he spends Christmas alone at the White House?”

After some banter and more laughter, Carney said: “Look, I’m reluctant to say where he’s going to be on which day because I don’t want to make this about him. And also, it is a very fluid situation. Today, the House — or overnight, the House abruptly avoided voting on the available Senate bipartisan compromise to engage in some political theater, and then — but what remains true is, although they have done that, is that available bipartisan compromise is still there, or is still available. So it’s hard to know what tomorrow is going to look like, what the next day is going to look like, as this saga continues.”

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KeithHaugen wrote:
You gotta wonder if Boehner's gang is taxing us just to punish Obama and keep the President from enjoying Christmas with his family in the State of his birth. It is the sort of thing the GOP gang is doing. Increase taxes on 160,000,000 Americans just to "get" Obama. They must be terrified that he is going to win re-election because they can't find a candidate who would be a good President.
on December 21,2011 | 05:22AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Maybe the fam should stay home until it is a done deal and fly together. Perhaps the Senate really did not clue him in on the vote for a dumb measure, then sneak out of town ploy. Hey, they can come back to work for a day or so, wrap it up and get him on ONE, or is ONE here already? How many planes will it take?
on December 21,2011 | 06:07AM
control wrote:
agreed.....its poltical grandstanding and pathetic male posturing....'Look at me!!! I'm in power, I'm in control, It's my way. me, Me ME!!!!!'
on December 21,2011 | 06:54AM
Kapakahi wrote:


It's even worse than that. The GOP in the House is only slightly crazier than the GOP in the Senate, but BOTH groups want to block ANY Obama legislation which might cause the economy to improve before the 2012 election. As McConnell has openly announced, their Number one priority is to defeat Obama in 2012. If they have to hurt the rest of us to increase the chances of that happening, they are fully willing to do so.

But I think it is blowing up in their faces. Clearly, the GOP senators are trying to dissociate themselves from the grossest of the House's tactics.

on December 21,2011 | 12:40PM
1local wrote:
Obama vowed not to leave for vacation till the bill was signed - the Senate did not do their rightful job to the citizens of the USA. 2 months was a cop out and showed no responsibility or commitment to the American people - it is time to dig in and get things done in Washington - Uncontrolled spending and earmarks are an unsustainable way of thinking that needs to come to an end. Long term commitments are what the American people deserve not just 2 months...
on December 21,2011 | 05:49AM
walrus808 wrote:
Totally agree! The house isn't voting on it because a 2 month extension will just bring us to the same impasse when the next deadline comes about. If they're going to do the extension it should be for a full year to provide some stability and confidence in the business sector.
on December 21,2011 | 06:22AM
Kapakahi wrote:

You guys are missing the reality. The issue is NOT a two month extension versus a one year extension. It is the terms of the deal. The House Republicans do not want to extend the payroll tax cut because they do not believe it is good policy. Some of them have openly said so. They think tax cuts for the rich "create jobs," but not tax cuts for working Americans. That makes for awkward politics, as it angers the 160 million who will lose an average of $1000 in spending money. But the GOP's rightwing says payroll tax cuts will not "create jobs."

In addition, and missing from this article, the Republicans are insisting that the Keystone Pipeline project be included as part of the package, even though it is not a budget item. Obama and most of the Democrats oppose linking Keystone to the budget. The Keystone Pipeline would deliver tarsand oil to Texas refineries owned by -- wait for it- the Koch Brothers! So Republicans are determined to push it through as quickly as possible.

on December 21,2011 | 12:48PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Heck...Obama wanted to be President...why doesn't he spend Christmas at the White House or Camp David like other previous President have done.
on December 21,2011 | 06:40AM
control wrote:
But it was okay for bush to hightail it to the ranch whenever he felt like it.
on December 21,2011 | 06:55AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Obama can spend Christmas with Bush if he wants to.
on December 21,2011 | 10:15AM
Graham wrote:
The ranch was the residence of Bush; Chicago is the residence of Obama. He can fly home anytime.
on December 21,2011 | 01:53PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I'm taking bets that Air Force One will land in Honolulu within the next week. After all, its the travel deal of the century - only $1.2m for the round trip, food and lodging...
on December 21,2011 | 07:42AM
PCWarrior wrote:
If the occupy movement wants a focus, it should be term limits for all elected representatives, starting with Congress. Our system of government is broke folks, and it benefits people with money. Get the career politicians out, and thing have to improve.
on December 21,2011 | 08:13AM
bwaikiki wrote:
So true. It's not just Obama but the Democratic machine that put him there and the party-line voting supporting his/ their spending agendas. It would be amusing if it weren't so tragic that O would prefer to "govern" through executive orders and eliminate the jobs of Congressmen, too. Why don't they start spending cuts on foreign aid, foreign deployment (50 years in Korea?), welfare and health for illegals, "start-up" for immigrants and refugees, or even salary and benefits for our representative "statesmen", etc. Spending cuts should not start with American citizens, current and retired workers, but that seems to be the only cuts Congress or the President are even considering or debating. Term limits could tone down the total corruption and establishing personal agendas for power in DC.
on December 21,2011 | 09:27AM
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