The Obamas' low key Hawaiian vacation
Security forces guard a canal President Obama's motorcade returns to his vacation compound Monday in Kailua, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura-Pool/Getty Images)
December 27th, 2011
02:07 PM ET

The Obamas' low key Hawaiian vacation

As his Republican rivals criss-cross a chillyIowa landscape this week, President Obama is in vacation mode –spending time with his family including hiking, golfing with friends and visiting troops in his native Hawaii. But he is keeping a noticeably low profile. 

 The White House reminds this is a working vacation as the president each day receives his daily briefing and advisors follow domestic and world developments.  The administration is also presumably preparing the president's State of the Union address to Congress which is set for January 24th.

 The president's holiday vacation was delayed just days before Christmas in his last interaction with Congress when House Republicans "blinked" and voted to extend the payroll tax cut another two months ending a stalemate with the White House.

 But we are seeing very few photo opportunities of the president enjoying the balmy Hawaiian breezes. FULL POST


Topics: Hawaii • Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama • The Family
Obama administration to seek $1.2 trillion debt ceiling increase
December 27th, 2011
01:55 PM ET

Obama administration to seek $1.2 trillion debt ceiling increase

(CNN) – The Obama administration will formally ask Congress later this week to raise the nation’s debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion, a Treasury Department official tells CNN.

The latest request is the third of three requests authorized by the contentious debt ceiling agreement reached last August and is expected to come on December 30 – the day the debt is projected to fall within $100 billion of the current $15.194 trillion ceiling. The new request asks the ceiling be raised to $16.39 trillion.

According to the terms of the debt ceiling agreement, Congress has 15 days to pass a joint resolution disapproving of an increase which President Obama is authorized to veto.

The new debt ceiling is expected to satisfy U.S. debts until the end of next year, according to the Treasury Department official.


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