December 21st, 2011
10:13 AM ET
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.”
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.”