Obama to cut vacation short for fiscal cliff talks

posted at 9:01 am on December 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Can Washington come together to avoid the fiscal cliff before the clock runs out in six days?  Barack Obama will cut his Christmas vacation short, returning tomorrow to Washington from Hawaii in order to seek a deal:

President Barack Obama is due back in Washington early Thursday for a final effort to negotiate a deal with Congress to avert or at least postpone the “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and government spending cuts set to begin next week.

No specific bill dealing with the cliff was on the schedule of either the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, which are expected to return on Thursday after the holiday break. Investors are closely watching the talks, concerned that going over the cliff could throw the economy into recession.

Aides and members of Congress have said that a modest, last-minute measure to avoid the spending cuts and most of the tax hikes could pass the Democratic-controlled Senate if Republicans agree not use a procedural roadblock known as a filibuster, a commitment that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has so far not made.

But to win approval in the Republican-controlled House of any bill that raises taxes on anyone, a rare bipartisan vote would be required. All 191 Democrats would have to team with up with at least 26 Republicans to get a majority if the bill included tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans, as Obama is demanding.

Reuters misses the fact that Democrats could have had that last week.  John Boehner’s Plan B proposal did just that, providing permanent rate extensions for everyone earning under a million dollars a year.  That concept came originally from Democrats and Nancy Pelosi, just a few months ago.  Boehner pulled it because he couldn’t get enough votes out of his own caucus to pass it, but had Democrats voted for it, they would have had exactly what Reuters describes, plus a new AMT patch on top of it, with spending cuts addressed separately.

Instead, Pelosi let Boehner twist in the wind, telling reporters that time had somehow expired on a proposal she originated.  Pelosi and her caucus were more invested in making Boehner look bad than in protecting taxpayers from the fiscal cliff, and the US economy from recession.

Meanwhile, with Obama and Capitol Hill coming back to work for last-minute brinksmanship, lawmakers will need lots of coffee for the upcoming late-night sessions.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz plans to take advantage of that need by having his shops use their cardboard cups as hand-held billboards:

Starbucks Corp will use its ubiquitous coffee cups to tell U.S. lawmakers to come up with a deal to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff” and triggering automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.

Chief Executive Howard Schultz is urging workers in Starbucks’ roughly 120 Washington-area shops to write “come together” on customers’ cups on Thursday and Friday, as U.S. President Barack Obamaand lawmakers return to work and attempt to revive fiscal cliff negotiations that collapsed before the Christmas holiday.

Starbucks’ cup campaign aims to send a message to sharply divided politicians and serve as a rallying cry for the public in the days leading up to lawmakers’ January 1 deadline to deliver a plan to avert harsh across-the-board government spending reductions and tax increases that could send the United States back into recession.

“We’re paying attention, we’re greatly disappointed in what’s going on and we deserve better,” Schultz told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Obama has already heard this cri de coeur, and has reached out to the one man in Washington known for his ability to calm the rhetoric and reach out for compromise:

Obama is expected to turn to a trusted Democratic ally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to help craft a quick deal.

Er, riiiiiiight.  Order up some more coffee, please.


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Oh goodie. He called on Reid to help him out. We should be somewhere near a reasonable plan to avoid the cliff by December 29…2016.

HotAirian on December 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

What’s the point when he refuses to negotiate in good faith? This is posturing for the cameras and the MSM. Now they can write glowing stories about his willingness to come to the table once again.

Rio Linda Refugee on December 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Ed, left you a question on the last thread. ; )

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM

0, just enjoy your vacation for as long as you like. Longer if you can.

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM

It’s a clown show.

Key West Reader on December 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Let me quote Nancy Reagan: “Just Say No”

It seems to be working for the Democrats.

Time for the Republicans to give it a go for a while.

CLIFF DIVING!!!!!

ProfShadow on December 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

90 day extention of the status quo.

A deal crafted in 6 days – yeah that ought to be good for the country.

gophergirl on December 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Like everything else this clown does it’s for show. He would be nothing if not for news media that lets him get away with whatever he wants because they share his socialist dreams.

gsherin on December 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Obama to cut vacation short for fiscal cliff talks

Evidently, he’s sensed (correctly, I fear) that there are still a few scant scraps remaining that Ol’ Weepy has yet to surrender from previous negotiations.

Kent18 on December 26, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Oh, spare me. I’m so royally fed up with that poser.

NapaConservative on December 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

“Obama to cut vacation short for fiscal cliff talks” /// Isn’t he really just coming back to DC for a short stay so he can act like he gives a *** and then can quickly fly back to resume the vaca?

sbvft contributor on December 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Ho hum . . . how long are we going to participate in this charade? Get ready for your taxes to go up and your standard of living to go down.

rplat on December 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

What. He got in a round of golf. He’s happy.

Fallon on December 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

My first thought……..BFD

Lucano on December 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

The communist returns to finish what he started.

darwin on December 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

More political theater

CoffeeLover on December 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

If Obama really truly cared…he’d have resigned months, if not years ago.

Boehner and company should have walked away weeks ago. [Actually, never should have agreed to abrogate the Constitutional requirement of the House to some committee that gave us sequestration in the first place. And should have spent the last four years hammering the Senate for not once offering any sort of vote on any budget.]

coldwarrior on December 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Be reasonable, do it through the budget process.

bflat879 on December 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Reuters misses the fact that Democrats could have had that last week. John Boehner’s Plan B proposal did just that, providing permanent rate extensions for everyone earning under a million dollars a year. That concept came originally from Democrats and Nancy Pelosi, just a few months ago. Boehner pulled it because he couldn’t get enough votes out of his own caucus to pass it, but had Democrats voted for it, they would have had exactly what Reuters describes, plus a new AMT patch on top of it, with spending cuts addressed separately.

Perhaps, and yet I don’t think Boehner put it up for a vote to find out how many Dems would sign on, did he? He may have had what he needed if he had done so (not suggesting he should have, I’m glad a Republican led effort to raise taxes flamed out).

I guess the ‘Reuters misses’ / ‘Democrats could’ve had’ bit seems off – they can’t ‘miss’ or ‘have had’ what Boehner didn’t actually make possible, it would seem… ?

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

What’s the point when he refuses to negotiate in good faith? This is posturing for the cameras and the MSM. Now they can write glowing stories about his willingness to come to the table once again.

Rio Linda Refugee on December 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Right on. The whole point of this is so the media can report ‘Oh, Obama is giving up vacation time!’

Well, wow! …Just let me know once he’s working two jobs, 7 days a week, and going to a trade school for night classes.

Nephew Sam on December 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Barack Obama will cut his Christmas vacation short, returning tomorrow to Washington from Hawaii in order to seek a deal:

Not to be too much of a nudge but we’ve been lectured more than once that the rat-eared wonder is working no matter where he is staying. The weeks he, Mooch, and his selfish brats squander millions in taxpayer dollars is viewed as a right.

Which brings me to his return tomorrow to do his damned job. Are Mooch and the brats staying behind stealing from honest hard-working people? Betcha they are. These people are as big a parasite on society than the worthless takers that gave him a second term. None of them have any value to society.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Well, wow! …Just let me know once he’s working two jobs, 7 days a week, and going to a trade school for night classes.

Nephew Sam on December 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

That would indeed be newsworthy. He might learn something about America and attain some marketable skills.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

What’s the point when he refuses to negotiate in good faith?

Rio Linda Refugee on December 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

This is the question I wish Boehner would go in front of the cameras and ask. It would send shockwaves through the media.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM

remind the nation there has been no budget for going on four years and take no questions Boehner, just walk away

DanMan on December 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Guess Barry finally realized “the optics” of his Hawaii vacation and it’s timing.

GarandFan on December 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Greater love hath no dog eater, than to cut short his $4m beach vaycay for the piiful sake of his adopted country.

CorporatePiggy on December 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

or pitiful

CorporatePiggy on December 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

How bloody wight of him!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation…
One is by sword…
The other is by debt.”
John Adams 1826

kemojr on December 26, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Is Mooch coming back also or will she get her on private jet later? Is Barry going back after the cliff and golf some more? You can bet those questions would be front line if this were W.

Dingbat63 on December 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Guess Barry finally realized “the optics” of his Hawaii vacation and it’s timing.

GarandFan on December 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I don’t think Obama cares about optics. He does whatever he wants and if we don’t want it he shoves it down our throat.

Nothing could be better for him and the democrats than “going over the cliff”. With the majority of Americans believing the propaganda the media feeds them they simply blame everything on Republicans.

Racial rhetoric by democrats is already causing a surge in black on white crime … which isn’t reported by the socialist media.

I wouldn’t be surprised if things begin to get worse of Republicans aren’t targeted and attacked.

All part of the plan.

darwin on December 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Did anyone think he was going to not be in DC this week.

libfreeordie on December 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

It’s such a shame that this hard-working president has to cut short one of his very few vacations to save the country again. Hasn’t he had to give up enough? How much more sacrifice must this poor, beleaguered man be put through before he can have a few moments to himself? /s

RoadRunner on December 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Did anyone think he was going to not be in DC this week.

libfreeordie on December 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Obama is a selfish poseur who doesn’t give a damn about this formerly great nation. His return to DC this week is nothing but a photo op’ to appease the easily led…like you.
The rest of us ain’t buyin’ it.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Did anyone think he was going to not be in DC this week.

libfreeordie on December 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I was hoping he would take a vaction down the Amazon and get lost … forever.

darwin on December 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Did anyone think he was going to not be in DC this week.

libfreeordie on December 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

So you’re saying this whole “returning to DC to save the day” thing is a gigantic charade?

Lost in Jersey on December 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Who is Obama kidding? He’s been on vacation since January 20, 2009.

fogw on December 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

what a crock

cmsinaz on December 26, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Guess Barry finally realized “the optics” of his Hawaii vacation and it’s timing.

GarandFan on December 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Please. This tool went to a fundraiser in Vegas the morning after Amb. Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack(which he sat back and allowed to happened, BTW). He doesn’t give a crap about optics.

Doughboy on December 26, 2012 at 10:16 AM

drama queen in chief

cmsinaz on December 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Did anyone think he was going to not be in DC this week.

libfreeordie on December 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I agree. He and Boehner were so close to a deal before he left I just knew he was aching to get it done. He cares. He really does.

DaveDief on December 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Who is Obama kidding? He’s been on vacation since January 20, 2009.

fogw on December 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I’d say. It’s pretty easy to ignore the Constitution and let your socialist cronies dictate policy while Harry Reid kills all Republican bills. Especially easy since the media covers for him.

darwin on December 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The local news (Fox29 Philly) was treating Obama like a Saint this AM….

Oh the great Obama cut his vacation short to save the middle class from the Fiscal Cliff. Oh praise Dear Leader

corujodp on December 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

reid who refuses to pass a budget in the last 4 years is really going to cut a deal now….

puhleeze

cmsinaz on December 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I guess we do have an imperial presidency. Why in the world is Boehner negotiating with the president on this instead of Reid and the senate? I know that the senate and the president care nothing for The Constitution, but the house and senate should produce a bill and give it to the president for signing. If he doesn’t sign it after the necessary bipartisan house (repub) and senate (dhim) come to some sort of agreement, that is his (and our) problem.Nowhere, in The Constitution, does the president enter into the negotiating picture. Boehner should resign. He has lost his way and has forsaken our Constitution.

However, I suppose they think this is necessary because the idiots and crooks in Nevada elected that crook Reid, and the rest of the crooked dhims won’t change him out?

Old Country Boy on December 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

It was the Obysmal plan all along to return from his Hawaiian vacation to “save the day.” Big deal! This was a wasteful (and costly) trip to and from the islands. He could have stayed at Camp David until something was hammered out.

Does anyone know how the Obysmal family spent Christmas Day itself, or are his religious proclivities a state secret?

onlineanalyst on December 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

No spending cuts – no deal.

Frankly, our only hope is complete gridlock. Someone has to stop the leviathon.

Lonetown on December 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Well…now that his birthday is over he has time to work with us mortals.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Aww, how “reasonable”. I’ll hope for a miracle, that Boehner grows a spine and refuses to cave on taxes. Obozo so desperate to avoid the fiscal cliff so that he can get back to the beach that he agrees to a deal.

sauldalinsky on December 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

The local news (Fox29 Philly) was treating Obama like a Saint this AM….

corujodp on December 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

That station hasn’t been worth a steaming pile of dog crap since they stopped showing reruns of Seinfeld.

Actually, long before that.

But, as others have commented, this kind of treatment by the “press” was exactly what 0bama was counting on by “cutting his vacation short.” He has no interest in negotiating in good faith to reach any kind of a “deal”. He just wanted toe fawning media to treat him like a hero.

I wonder how this guy is able to sleep at night.

UltimateBob on December 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Does this mean 0 didn’t drown body surfing in that ditch?

Go find a ditch to die in.
lostmotherland on December 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Be careful around that cliff 0 . Especially right there at the edge.

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

His “revenue”= OUR money.

kingsjester on December 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Will the whole family return or will the taxpayers be stuck with the bill for the family’s return flight?

DAT60A3 on December 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

DAT60A3 on December 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Mooch and the girls are staying behind to finish their vay-cay.

kingsjester on December 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM

…P O S…!!!

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Of course he is using this as an excuse to get away from The MOOCH and get a little intimate man on man time in.

tom daschle concerned on December 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Is his personal chef staying in Hawaii or coming back with Obama?

Sam Kass, the tasty-health-food guru the Obamas added to the White House kitchen in 2009 – they didn’t fire the old chef, just added a second – revealed his presence in Hawaii Saturday when he showed up on the golf course with the president.

Fallon on December 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I just knew bho could not keep his face or gosh horrible voice off the tube for three weeks! This whole thing is going to be non-stop blame the r’s from the minute he gets back?

I really detest this horrible evil crater the US bho(I won)!
L

letget on December 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Personally I don’t care who gets the blame.

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Great.

He’s play 9 instead of 18, make a phone call, then finish the back 9.

Treasonous jerk.

Flies to Hawaii while American business is tied in knots waiting for a damn decision.

cane_loader on December 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Obama cannot stand the idea that ANY government spending will be affected. He will cave.

GO TEA PARTY. NO NEW TAXES. NO RETREAT, NO TURNING BACK.

newpine on December 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

How do we allow 535 elected dilettantes to hold this nation hostage?

bloviator on December 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation…
One is by sword…
The other is by debt.”
John Adams 1826

kemojr on December 26, 2012 at 9:51 AM

There are THREE ways. The third way is Izlam’s Sh-aria Law.

FlatlanderByTheLake on December 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Oh, cr@p! How much is this going to cost us? I hope he’s coming back coach. Won’t someone just keep this POS behind bars where he belongs?

BetseyRoss on December 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Flies to Hawaii while American business is tied in knots waiting for a damn decision.

cane_loader on December 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

The symbolism of Hawaii

A bought paradise, beautiful sunsets, endless cascades of water crashing, infinity pools..

Soren Kierkegaard “lamented that “a young man today would scarcely envy another his capacities or skill or the love of a beautiful girl or his fame, no, but he would envy him his money. Give me money, the young man will say, and I will be all right.”[11]” From Wiki

Give me money and the high priced real estate. The water never ends like the future tax dollars we all see coming.

The problem is that our leadership is bobbing in an infinity pool and not an endless ocean.

IlikedAUH2O on December 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Of course he is using this as an excuse to get away from The MOOCH and get a little intimate man on man time in.

tom daschle concerned on December 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Pretty much my take on it too. It’s not just the usual media-fellation he’s craving.

Harbingeing on December 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

BetseyRoss on December 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

OH it might cost us more if bho decides to AF1 back to Hawaii after spending a few days in dc if the dc bunch doesn’t do what bho demands? At any rate, mo/kids/all the numerous they need to be comfortable will be coming back by AF#? at more cost?
L

letget on December 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

The true shame of this is that all of the WH Press Corps have to cut their vacations news coverage short.

DAT60A3 on December 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Barack Obama will cut his Christmas vacation short” Gee, that’s mighty white of him…. eh, the mothers side I guess.

Hummer53 on December 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Just so he can get away from Michelle for a few days…

albill on December 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Michelle to waste how many millions…by staying behind?

To Hades with all, Boehner too.

Schadenfreude on December 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Obama is expected to turn to a trusted Democratic ally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to help craft a quick deal.

Muenchhausen danced in his grave.

Schadenfreude on December 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

The charade proceeds apace. Obama hates the middle class. Their taxes will go up.

Fools…the ‘poor’, yours will too, those of you foolish enough to worl.

Obama hates you all, so long as he lives like Louis XV and Michelle like Madame de Pompadour…

Schadenfreude on December 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Barack Obama will cut his Christmas vacation short

LMFAO!

Can you spell O-P-T-I-C-S?

Why go in the first place if this was important? – ya jug-eared douche.

Tim_CA on December 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Wonder if jarrett will head back with bho, or did she stay in dc? jarrett is the ‘head’ of the lying forked tongue snake bho and she is needed for her ‘help’ to/with bho! jarrett strokes the ‘flame’s to keep bho in line, along with other helpful toadies, the ‘x or y’ type?
L

letget on December 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

He needs to stay on vacation… really, he made the vacay knowing this was unresolved and went anyway.

If he was serious, he wouldn’t have left.

He’s not serious, so the vacation is appropriate.

More golf rounds for Obama! Daily! He doesn’t care enough to do his job, so why should anyone else care if he does it at all?

ajacksonian on December 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Did anyone think he was going to not be in DC this week.
 
libfreeordie on December 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

 

Yeah, adjourning the House is a great way to show the American people you’re negotiating in good faith.
 
libfreeordie on December 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

rogerb on December 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Does anyone remember “Romnesia” from the end of the campaign?

Now our country is headed for Obama-livion.

Steve Z on December 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Ed I guess from your earlier posts you think that without a deal some kind of end of the world thing happens in particular for the Republicans.

Let me ask you Ed do you not think ALL of this was foreseeable and Obama “cutting” his vacation short isn’t some kind of kabuki theater to avoid the press commenting that he isn’t trying.

Face facts Ed he isn’t trying and as Rush says people on OUR SIDE like you Ed have to QUIT pretending that Obama is some kind of run of the mill Democrat who is interested in saving the country from a recession that the past proves he can blame on Republicans.

Give it up Ed he isn’t doing a deal for you in 7 days and certainly not one that could pass the House. Wake up and just realize we are going over the cliff, Obama wants to go over the cliff and we live in a era where you cannot avoid the blame. We as Republicans can only try and do the right things for future Americans and not crap on our principles for something that earns us nothing but more Obamanomics and Spending.

Conan on December 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

BFD
They probably have a deal all ready to go. Just making the American people think they worked “real hard” to get it and with out the dear leader’s help it just would not come together.
I can’t stand any of them!

Delsa on December 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

We are past going over a cliff.
I am beyond caring anymore.
Those who voted these monsters into office shall reap what they sewed!

Delsa on December 26, 2012 at 6:07 PM

He’s cutting his vacation short.

Guess there’s nothing this guy won’t do for us.

wow.

TimBuk3 on December 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

He is going to ride into town and use the OPTICS to save the day.
Naturally, he will screw the American people but he hell bent on that anyway!
Why would a Muslim raised black racist care about CHRISTmas anyway. His golf game wasn’t going well, Aunt Esther was driving him crazy, so what is it loose by flying back early?
Watch out folks because he is back and here to help???
Oh my GOD

Delsa on December 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM

He is going to ride into town and use the OPTICS to save the day.
Naturally, he will screw the American people but he is hell bent on that anyway!
Why would a Muslim raised, black racist, care about CHRISTmas anyway?
His golf game wasn’t going well, Aunt Esther was driving him crazy, so what does he loose by flying back early?
Watch out folks because he is back and here to help???
Oh my GOD

Delsa on December 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Does this mean his wife and kids are staying in Hawaii and it is going to cost taxpayers another $3.2 million to fly Air Force One back to pick them up?

JeffinSac on December 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM