December 22nd, 2009
04:18 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama delays Hawaii vacation over Senate vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama was already on his Hawaii vacation at this time last year."](CNN) - He was already relaxing on the beaches of Hawaii last year at this time, but President Obama said Tuesday his annual vacation to the Aloha State won't begin this year until the Senate passes the health care bill.

"I will not leave until my friends in the Senate have completed their work," Obama said Tuesday. "My attitude is that if they're making these sacrifices to provide health care to all Americans then the least I can do is be around to provide them any encouragement and last-minute help where necessary. That's the deal."

A final vote on the Senate health care bill is currently scheduled for 7 pm ET on Christmas Eve, though it could come earlier in the day if Republicans yield some of their debate time.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday the president's actual vacation plans won't be determined until the vote has taken place.

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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. D.

    Oh really!
    He just came back from Denmark, China and other social events, while busy forcing democrats to vote against the people's will and making sure they get their earmarks! Tax by other names in order to maintain the deficit is tax... no need to call it health care!

    December 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Amazing

    Notice he said, until THEY have completed their work..........not him, because he doesn't do anything, he is our Delegater in Chief. Big concession from our do nothing president, delaying yet another vacation.

    December 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Silence Dogoode

    Right no sense leaving...still have the Constitution to gut and socialism to if it were something important ike stumping, phonot ops and winning prizes...

    December 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. meh

    It doesn't matter......people on here will find something to complain about when it comes to this, too. I swear, Neo-cons are the most miserable people alive!!

    December 22, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Bonnie

    I like that idea.........Hawaii will still be here but the health care bill might not....don't miss the opportunity....good luck and happy holidays!!

    December 22, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    It is time for the republicans to pack up and go home for the holidays. Their obstruction should be commended, because I do not think, historically, we have ever seen democracy brought to a standstill by so few republicans. The health insurance industry should also be proud of the republicans, as these GOP senators have earned their bribes.

    December 22, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. gt

    aw come on ,,,go have a round of golf ,,, the senate can throw away tons of money with out you,,, then after christmas you can take all your senate buddies on vacation,,,,to nebraska,,,,

    December 22, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    The only sacrifices the Senate Democrats are making to provide health care reform for Americans are their job if they are up for re-election in 2010 and their legacy when this bill turns out to be worse than Medicare.

    December 22, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. mjm

    Sooooo.....he could go on vacation until 2014 when the coverage starts.

    December 22, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. scott

    I hope barry isn't as big of a hack as a golfer than he has been at being the President.

    Oops.. This newsworthy story about the huge sacrifice of our beloved President should shame all those war mongering military types who are spending Christmas on a fun camping expidition in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    December 22, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. aware

    Some sacrifice for the prince of prevarication! 🙁

    December 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. worriedmom

    Who cares. He had no problem flying everywhere else when the country was failing. Geez Mr. Prez, do you want Nancy and Harry to give you your present early and screw the rest of us.
    I do hope you fail

    December 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Dar

    He's staying at the white house?????????????? That's a first.

    December 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. DAVE

    Man, he has worked so hard at driving this country into the ground..... nothing better than a trip to Hawaii and all the golf he can handle...... wish i could take a vacation but instead i have to work everyday to support my family and prepare for all the new taxes that i will have to pay for his BIG GOVT. BILLS that the democrats and himself are cramming down all of our throats........ In California next year i will be voting against all democrats period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All you have to do is look at the state of California that has been democratically ran for ever it seems like and this verifies my voting strategy...... Good riddance

    December 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. mark

    I hope vaca costs are being paid out of his pocket and not mine...

    December 22, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. jrzshor

    has obama reached the poin tof vactioning more than BUSH. I remember that that was a really BIG deal.

    any days off comparisons?

    December 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. jon krieger

    aaaah,poor Obama!Most of us can't even afford to dream about a trip to Hawaii,much less go there every year!And if that stupid healthcare bill gets passed,the closest anybody is gonna get to Hawaii,is watching "Gilligan's Island" reruns!Except for king Obama of course!

    December 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. WIlly Brown

    Dang now he's going to hang around DC and spend more money we don't have.

    December 22, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. rachel

    More posturing, from President Obama. It doesn't matter if he delays his vacation, he can just extend if he wants. I am tired of the games.

    December 22, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Once a year to Hawaii? Geez – he could go twice a month, if he was a republican (like Bushie always heading for TX)

    December 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. S M R

    A well deserved vacation to a President that has worked hard for the Average American. THANK YOU

    December 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Mark

    If that means he will wait until all the lawsuits against this health care takeover are done with, he won't be in Hawaii for a long time.

    December 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. William

    Big Deal this president has been on vacation since he took office.

    December 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    The GOP has stalled everything so far this year.

    If the GOP ever quits playing their little boy stalling game, we can ALL move forward with things like the JOBS BILLS. VOTE THE OBSTRUCTIONISTS OUT.

    December 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. cord Udall

    Wow. What a guy. I bet the "Friends in the Senate" feel so much better about what they're doing, knowing that Barack is "sacrificing" his holiday for them . . .

    December 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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