I’m back from my vacation, and so is the OOTD! Lots of work to be done here — and in Washington, too, as Barack Obama reminded Congress last week. If they can’t get the people’s business done, the President says, then Congress shouldn’t get any time off at Christmas (via the Boss Emeritus):

President Barack Obama said he and Congress should work through [Christmas] if necessary to reach agreement extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits past Dec. 31.

“We’re going to keep pushing Congress to make this happen,”he said.

“Now is not the time to slam the brakes on the recovery.  Right now, it’s time to step on the gas.  We need to get this done.  And I expect that it’s going to get done before Congress leaves.  Otherwise, Congress may not be leaving, and we can all spend Christmas here together.”

“We”?  Is that a commitment from the President to stick around as well?  Er … not exactly:

While most Americans are lucky to get a few weeks of holiday every year, it seems the country’s leader gets a little more freedom in the matter.

President Barack Obama has announced his Christmas vacation to Hawaii – for a staggering 17-day trip.

Well, he has had a tough schedule lately.  The last time Obama took some time in his native state was, um … two weeks ago.

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