Obama’s vacation forecast: Cloudy with a lot of uncertainty
December 21st, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Obama’s vacation forecast: Cloudy with a lot of uncertainty

Washington (CNN) – The rest of the First Family is in Hawaii for the Christmas holiday but President Obama remains at the White House still trying to wrap up a very elusive present, a payroll tax extension and unemployment insurance.

Will he stay or will he go? Not even the president’s top aides know, or at least they aren’t saying.

“I’m reluctant to say where he’s going to be on which day because I don’t want to make this about him,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney when asked where the president would be on Christmas morning. “It is a very fluid situation.”

President Obama had vowed to stay in town until Congress acted to prevent taxes from going up on middle-class Americans after the end of year deadline.

While the Senate was able to reach a bi-partisan two month deal, House Republicans rejected the compromise.

Lawmakers rushed to local airports to begin celebrating their holidays and the Obama departure guessing game went into overdrive.

“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,” said Carney.

With his family no doubt enjoying sun and surf in Hawaii, the president is eager to join them. “I know the president wants to see his daughters and his wife.” But Carney, whose job it is to have an answer for everything appeared stumped.

“My crystal ball is very cloudy.”

Topics: President Obama

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    He has only one year left, before he has to vacate the WH.

    The country, will be so glad to see him go, and get back onto the right track, for the future.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • lisa2010

      YOU THINK????

      December 21, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Angela

      What a sad lot you are. So disrespectful of your President. Be careful what you wish for. As far as I can see, the Republicans running for president has no solutions that they can offer. Keep on being hateful guy, you are some sorry loser.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Todd

      YES only one more year THANK GOD then we can get back on track.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  2. Mary Williams

    @ Rick McDaniel....why do you have a problem with Obama? I hear so many people saying they want him to be a one term president. There is never a concrete reason for the need to get him out the White House. I bet you are either a poor American or an American who is on the road to losing your middle class status. The republicans do not care about the majority of the American people. Their agenda is to get Obama out office at the expense of the American people. None of them have shown any plans that will help American get back to work and get our economy rolling again. The middle class and the low income people fuel this economy. Giving tax breaks to the rich is not going to create jobs. High demand create jobs and if you give it to the people who actually spend it, the demand will increase and jobs will be created. I suggest that you, Rich McDaniel, take some time to learn about how our economy works. Then you will see that may...just maybe your love affair with the Republicans is one that will not fair well for you.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  3. Joi Gibson

    Since the Senate is gone and the House Republicans have made a mockery of this vote once again, why should he stay. There is nothing he can do. He cannot call Congress back in session so why stay. Go be with his family. On the other hand, since the House Republicans are the ones who caused this flap, maybe they should stay and work on trying to reconcile with the Senate.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  4. RS, CA

    He should go to Hawaii and STAY there - that would help everybody!

    December 21, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • lisa2010


      December 21, 2011 at 11:58 am |
      • Todd

        YES VOTE for ROMNEY or HUNTSMAN good business men will make jobs for all of us. Sara Palin/C Rice be a good team

        December 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  5. george of the jungle

    The president is doing the right thing. If he goes the repos will have a field day and try to make it seem like he doesn't care. So far they are making it real easy for him to be reelected. As you can see by his rising poll numbers. People are fed up with the republican party their ideas and and pledges that keep the American people down. The current field running against him is a joke and if they economy keeps improving like it has he will be in good shape. If the repos don't vote this in and tank the economy noone will reelect any of the morons.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Roper

      The only reason his poll numbers went up was because Cain dropped out . So he picked up the blak vote because they are not going to vote for anyone wht.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  6. Jim

    This is all about Obama putting on a show for public consumption.Obama wants the public to see how devoted to the middle class he is when if fact he's done everything in his power to eliminate them since taking office.

    December 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Crook County, IL

      That is what both sides of Congress have been doing as well. The Dems and Reps are both playing politics at our expense right now and are equally to blame right now. However, a real leader would have gotten involved right away, not wait until the end just so he could point the finger of blame as usual. Also, maybe a $4 million trip to Hawaii is in poor form considering a lot of us can barely afford Christmas. Oh, and before the anti-Bush people jump on me, I didn't support him either.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • Todd

      You are very correct JIM

      December 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  7. Todd

    Well I'm middle class and since 2008 when the democrats held the majority of both house and senate and o'Dumber took office my place of business has seen some real hard time's and I myself have seen some hard times but I made sure that i didn't fall in to the democrats game play by borrowing more money than i could payback. The republicians create jobs for everyone and the democrats are all lawyers that want to take all our money. You people that think O'Dumber has done a good job are the ones that want free hand outs, cause you are to DAM LAZY to work to support your self.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm |