President Barack Obama will cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening as he and lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.
Obama was expected to arrive in Washington early Thursday, the White House said Tuesday night. First lady Michelle Obama and the couple’s two daughters will remain in Hawaii.
In the past, the president’s end-of-the-year holiday in his native state had stretched into the new year. The first family had left Washington last Friday night.
How long do you have to do something before it becomes a “tradition”? Near as I can tell, Obama never used to visit Hawaii for Christmas until he became President.
It’s a crying shame that Obama has to cut short his taxpayer-funded vacation to do the job the taxpayers are paying him to do. But that’s not what pisses me off.
How many people miss spending Christmas with their families so that Obama can take his family on an Hawaiian vacation? There’s all the Secret Service agents, the pilots, drivers and aides that travel with Obama to Hawaii, plus all the cops and military who get stuck working on a holiday. At least the cops get overtime.
I don’t know about you, but I would be really pissed if I went to Hawaii for a week or two and had to spend the whole time working. But then again I would be pissed if I had to pay for a bunch of White House aides to get a paid vacation to Hawaii.
FULL DISCLOSURE: At this point just about everything Obama says and does pisses me off. I was really looking forward to him going away for good next month.