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Old 12-23-2012, 06:45 AM   #1
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Obama starts Hawaiian vacation, leaving Washington on ice

KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Taking what promised to be a very brief Christmas break from the ongoing struggle to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts, President Barack Obama relaxed with his family on Saturday at a beach retreat in Hawaii.

Congress was to return to Washington next Thursday and Obama has pledged to work with lawmakers to strike a deal to avoid the economic shock from tax and spending measures set to take effect on January 1 if a deal can't be reached, which many economists say could push the U.S. economy back into recession.

The president is expected to indulge in some of his favorite pastimes on the island where he was born and raised: golf, an expedition for the local treat "shave ice," and an evening out with family and friends. He hit the links at the nearby Marine Corps base under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, he is expected to attend funeral services for Senator Daniel Inouye, the long-serving Democrat from Hawaii who died on Monday, but the president has no other public events on his schedule.

On Saturday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he had urged Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, to name Inouye's successor "with due haste."

"It is critically important to ensure that the people of Hawaii are fully represented in the pivotal decisions the Senate will be making before the end of the year," Reid, of Nevada, said in a statement.

Obama's idyll was not expected to last more than four days, and he will likely retrace the more than 4,800-mile trip from the Aloha State to Washington after Christmas in a bid to cut a deal with Republicans, who failed on Thursday to agree on competing tax and spending bills of their own.

Before leaving Washington on Friday evening, Obama urged Congress to come up with a stopgap measure to spare the U.S. economy the jolt of $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts economists say would likely derail the economy.

The president asked lawmakers for a stripped-down deal to continue lower tax rates on middle income earners and extend unemployment insurance benefits to avoid some of the worst effects of the "fiscal cliff" in the new year.

Obama's family holiday, in a quiet beach front community on the other side of the island from bustling Honolulu, should also provide some respite from the somber focus on the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre and the consequent bitter debate over measures to change America's gun culture and prevent violence.

The president's weekly radio and Internet addresses, which in recent weeks have centered on his argument for extending tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans, on Saturday offered holiday greetings to U.S. military forces.

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Old 12-23-2012, 07:30 AM   #2
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And? Congress is on a short recess too, and he's taking less time off than Congress. Nothing is going to get done regardless. Not to mention he's also attending a funeral.
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I remember a time when presidents would tell congress they weren't going anywhere until the budget negotiations were over.
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I remember a time when presidents would tell congress they weren't going anywhere until the budget negotiations were over.


When was this? Was Congress on recess? If so, then it's empty words beside the POTUS wouldn't be able to get anything done with Congress out.

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IIRC, to date, Bush W. has taken more time off than Obama.
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Come on, give me a break! Boehner wastes three days of legislative primetime ramming a wall pushing a non-starter bill with zero support from his colleagues, and an honest man spending Christmas with his family has to make headlines?????

wtf is wrong with you people??
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Come on, give me a break! Boehner wastes three days of legislative primetime ramming a wall pushing a non-starter bill with zero support from his colleagues, and an honest man spending Christmas with his family has to make headlines?????

wtf is wrong with you people??
Easy answer - they're republicans. They aren't interested in anything beyond fvcking up Obama. They don't give a **** about America or Americans (unless you're Groveler Norquist or the Koch brothers).
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Come on, give me a break! Boehner wastes three days of legislative primetime ramming a wall pushing a non-starter bill with zero support from his colleagues, and an honest man spending Christmas with his family has to make headlines?????

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Come on, give me a break! Boehner wastes three days of legislative primetime ramming a wall pushing a non-starter bill with zero support from his colleagues, and an honest man spending Christmas with his family has to make headlines?????

wtf is wrong with you people??
honest my ass
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When was this? Was Congress on recess? If so, then it's empty words beside the POTUS wouldn't be able to get anything done with Congress out.

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IIRC, to date, Bush W. has taken more time off than Obama.
I was joking, I really don't care if they take a vacation, but they need to remember that they've left work on the table that affects the people that work for.

And I do remember past times of brinkmanship where the pres would dictate that congress didn't get to leave until a budget was met. I'm on my phone, so I'm not looking it up right now.
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I was joking, I really don't care if they take a vacation, but they need to remember that they've left work on the table that affects the people that work for.
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He's a politician. Not an honest person.
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Easy answer - they're republicans. They aren't interested in anything beyond fvcking up Obama. They don't give a **** about America or Americans (unless you're Groveler Norquist or the Koch brothers).
Your ignorance and closed mindedness astounds me.
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Get back to me after you get your head out of your ass.
I think you are the one with your head up your ass. Your wildly ignorant posts, all you are is a race obsessed left wing d!ck rider. You have your head so far up your ass you could lick your teeth. How do you feel about paying for obamas $4,000,000 vacation?
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I think you are the one with your head up your ass. Your wildly ignorant posts, all you are is a race obsessed left wing d!ck rider. You have your head so far up your ass you could lick your teeth. How do you feel about paying for obamas $4,000,000 vacation?
Ok, let's get back on topic..

I feel the same way as I did paying for Dubya's jaunts to Austin or Clinton's vacations or Bush Sr., or any other president before him. Dunno what the big deal is, Presidential details cost money, and the $$$ goes up with time like any other commodity. And the $$ number you quote is sensationalized anyways, no one has the means of knowing what the exact costs are, it's one of those things hard to quantify accurately.

What's inexcusable to me is finding out I paid for Secret Service to provide security for some a$$hat who wasn't even keen on running for President in the first place. All those hard-paid tax $$ down the toilet for a moron who took the nation for a ride with his unique combination of stupidity, lack of respect, criss-crossing webs of deceit, ineptness and irrelevance..
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Off Fiscal Cliff, Obama Goes Golfing

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Taking a break from the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama is spending the first day of his holiday vacation golfing with friends and aides, including longtime pal Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute.

After arriving in Hawaii late last night, the president spent this morning at his family's vacation residence along the shores of Kailua, a quiet town on a stretch of beach on the east end of Oahu.

Shortly before noon, the president made the trip to the Kailua Marine Corps Base, where he is hitting the links at the Kaneohe Clipper course.

Obama is golfing with close aide Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass, and childhood friends Mike Ramos and Titcomb, whom the president has known since they attended Honolulu's Punahou School together in the 1970s.

Titcomb was arrested in April 2011 in an undercover prostitution sting operation. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and the conviction was reportedly later expunged from his record.

With negotiations over the deficit at a standstill and Congress closed for the Christmas holiday, the first family left Washington late Friday for their annual vacation in Obama's native state, his first vacation of the year.

The president told reporters in a hastily scheduled appearance in the briefing room that he would "see you next week." His return date is still to be determined.

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Off Fiscal Cliff, Obama Goes Golfing

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Taking a break from the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama is spending the first day of his holiday vacation golfing with friends and aides, including longtime pal Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute.

After arriving in Hawaii late last night, the president spent this morning at his family's vacation residence along the shores of Kailua, a quiet town on a stretch of beach on the east end of Oahu.

Shortly before noon, the president made the trip to the Kailua Marine Corps Base, where he is hitting the links at the Kaneohe Clipper course.

Obama is golfing with close aide Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass, and childhood friends Mike Ramos and Titcomb, whom the president has known since they attended Honolulu's Punahou School together in the 1970s.

Titcomb was arrested in April 2011 in an undercover prostitution sting operation. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and the conviction was reportedly later expunged from his record.

With negotiations over the deficit at a standstill and Congress closed for the Christmas holiday, the first family left Washington late Friday for their annual vacation in Obama's native state, his first vacation of the year.

The president told reporters in a hastily scheduled appearance in the briefing room that he would "see you next week." His return date is still to be determined.

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Said in your OP he was going to golf on this trip... Was it necessary to post it in detail in the same thread? I understand stirring the pot, but this kind of stuff is just down right annoying, and you're better than that! I'll be waiting for your post detailing how he went to a funeral and how he opened gifts with his family.
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Ok, let's get back on topic..

I feel the same way as I did paying for Dubya's jaunts to Austin or Clinton's vacations or Bush Sr., or any other president before him. Dunno what the big deal is, Presidential details cost money, and the $$$ goes up with time like any other commodity. And the $$ number you quote is sensationalized anyways, no one has the means of knowing what the exact costs are, it's one of those things hard to quantify accurately.

What's inexcusable to me is finding out I paid for Secret Service to provide security for some a$$hat who wasn't even keen on running for President in the first place. All those hard-paid tax $$ down the toilet for a moron who took the nation for a ride with his unique combination of stupidity, lack of respect, criss-crossing webs of deceit, ineptness and irrelevance..
That's the definition of most politicians...what's new? Your jimmies rustled?
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That's the definition of most politicians...what's new? Your jimmies rustled?
Nah, I'm desensitized thanks to the likes of Mittens, Dubya and Palin. I'm still not condoning them though.

I would also note that the article says - it's Obama's "first vacation of the year"... Well earned, I would say.
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I would also note that the article says - it's Obama's "first vacation of the year"... Well earned, I would say.
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