President Obama and his family are departing tonight for their annual vacation in Hawaii.
But this year’s sojourn on Oahu is likely to be a brief one for the president. According to the Washington Post, Obama is scheduled to return to Washington Wednesday, the day after Christmas, to resume discussions about the fiscal cliff.
He said as much during an appearance in the briefing room Friday evening. “Merry Christmas. Because we didn’t get this done, I’ll see you next week,” Obama said.
It would appear likely that Michelle Obama and the children will stay in Hawaii even if Obama returns next week. Michelle has vacationed in Hawaii separately from the president in the past when he has been forced to be in Washington on business.
The first family is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu at 12:45 am local time.