President Obama could leave for Hawaii as early as Friday to join his wife and daughters, who have been vacationing on Oahu since Saturday.
Obama’s schedule for Friday, released by the White House this evening, lists only the presidential daily briefing and a meeting with senior advisers – and both are suspiciously marked “TBD” with respect to the timing.
A deal reached this evening between the House and the Senate to extend the payroll tax cut for two months paves the way for Obama to flee Washington as soon as possible. Both bodies could pass the measure by voice vote as early as Friday morning, with only a few members required to be in attendance.
Presumably, the president’s bags are packed, and have been for a while.
The Obamas aren’t scheduled to return until January 2, 2012 – they had scheduled a 17-day vacation for themselves – so the president would still get in 11 days of rest and fun.
And neither the House nor the Senate are scheduled to be in session the first week of January, so there’s nothing preventing the president from extending his stay.