TRENDING: Obama may delay Hawaiian vacation over tax fight
November 30th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
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TRENDING: Obama may delay Hawaiian vacation over tax fight

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is privately considering at least a short delay to the start of his holiday vacation in Hawaii in order to try to work out a deal with Congressional Republicans on the Bush tax cuts that expire Dec. 31.

Two senior administration officials tell CNN the White House has been getting signals that the lame duck session of Congress could drag on past Saturday Dec. 18 when the President was scheduled to depart for Hawaii and that Obama has privately said he is willing to stay in Washington until Christmas Eve if necessary in order to finish the contentious debate over taxes.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. President, if those Re"Fascists"icans want tax cuts for the rich, you should just let them expire for everyone.

    November 30, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    As usual, he is demanding his way, and he is not likely to get his way, this round.

    November 30, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    The incompetent DemocRATS lead by the clueless Obozo have known for TWO YEARS these were going to expire and yet HAVE DONE NOTHING on this. They really are the most incompetent bunch of idiots to EVER lead this country.

    There is a majority CONSENSUS by the Republicans and many DemocRATS that they do NOT want to raise taxes on ANYBODY in this fragile economy. But Obozo, Reid and Pelosi are hell bent on forcing their left wing class warfare down everybodys throat, yet again.

    If Obozo and the clueless DemocRATS are worried about the "cost" of not taking people's billions more from the American people, then they should CUT SPENDING to compensate for it!!!


    November 30, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. President JUST SAY HELL NO!!!!!
    NO to extensions of tax-cuts to the 2%ers, GOPers! It hasn't worked out thge way the GOP 'envisioned' it,if ever they had a vision beyond taking care of their RICH CONTRIBUTORS.
    So, HELL NO to that, and HELL YES to extending the tax-cuts to the $250,000 and below crowd.
    If they don't like it, they can lump it!
    Then do an about face, tell them to kiss your patootie, and get aboard Air Force One with the people that count: your family.

    I can live WITHOUT bi-partsianship Mr. President.
    Hell, we've been living without it since you became President because the rich little white boys don't want to play with you.

    November 30, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Jim from Va

    We shouldn't be rasing anyone taxes with the economy in such a mess.

    November 30, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    If the conress and senate took August, October, a week at Thanksgiving, it's about time our hard-working President of the U.S. take a week or two to visit his home state.

    Best and hardest working President EVER.

    November 30, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. King

    Obama take the 700 billion tax cut to the rich and hire 6 to 7 million people to rebuild the country's infrastructures and modernizing our aging transportation systems, by-passing the state goverent and the big corporations. The state will get their money in state tax revenue and the big corporations will get theirs in the epic demand money these workers will create, dropping the unemployment rate to under 7 percent. Big corporations are not going by our age old capitalistic system and are refusing to invest trillions of the people's demand money back into the economy. It's time the fed take that money in tax revenue and hire American for a little while and creat competition among big corporations, so they break their monopoly hold on the American people, and stop holding us hostage because they want a few more pennies in their pockets. Black Friday proves that the American demand money is what runs America, not these intrenched corporations that been manipulating the people for far too long. Trikle down economy is dead.

    November 30, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    @Dutch – Letting them EXPIRE for everyone give the RepubliCAN'Ts the stage next year when they take control?

    Raise the threshold from $250,000 – END Tax Cuts over that threshold and EXTEND Tax Cuts under the threshold. President Obama should not allow the RIGHT RULE on this. He campaigned on this and should try to keep that promise!!

    November 30, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Gee, Obama... willing to delay a Hawaiian vacation? That's really large of you – really large.

    "Mr. President, if those Re"Fascists"icans want tax cuts for the rich, you should just let them expire for everyone."

    And this brought to you by Dutch – someone who is probably one of the 47% of Americans who pays no taxes and therefore has no skin in the game either way.

    November 30, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Bill

    I agree with you Dutch, after all how many skiing/Hawaiian vacations can you take in a year? You should be able to afford it no problem ... so you should pay more taxes..... You are paying for multiple vacations to Hawaii and the norhteast and Spain for our president and I am sure you are doing the very same thing .... Right? So pay more .... you deserve it!

    November 30, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Tom

    Since the Republicans won the house:
    -unemployment extensions cut for families.
    -Republicans holding up the START treaty
    -Talks of war(with N. Korea)
    -Back to the general feeling we are in danger, and no longer calm.

    Enjoying your tea duped voters? (The President wasn't doing a bad job after all, perhaps).

    November 30, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Dan Shafer

    Vacation, vation, vacation...I wish I could destroy the most powerful country in the world in 2 years while spending half my time on vacations

    November 30, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Peter s

    One to many vacations mr President will have a great negative impact on your part! stay put and continue serving the American people!

    November 30, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    But Dutch, if we don't give the rich tax cuts, then they won't spend any of their money to hire people because it will affect their bottom line. You see, above all else, the government needs to be primarily concerned with helping the already wealthy maintain what is known as their "M.O.L."...Minimum Opulance Level. When the already wealthy and large corporations and financial/investment firms, playing with their money (and everyone else's) on Wall Street and gambling with hollographically inflated mortgage securities in order to create more piles of cash by calling in the securities insurance when those securities predictably turned out to be worthless...when they finally caused the economy to go belly-up, they took a big hit to the chin and lost a lot of money and caused almost everyone else to lose money too. Now, unless we help them return to their pre-economic-disaster M.O.L. by having the middle-class pay for them to receive a continuation of their tax cuts, well, they're simply going to hold off on doing much of anything, especially hiring middle-class workers. They need to have assurance that the government is, in a sense, helping them get a return on hiring people, that their risk is padded by automatically getting money back that they shell out. Wiorks like this: They hire people, and then those people they hire pay for them to receive massive inequitable tax cuts with the very wages they are receiving from them. It's a nice, tight little circle of capitalist life that helps provide the wealthy with a stable M.O.L. and a small return on the distasteful practice of actually having to pay their indentured servants for their work. They like stable...and they really like opulance, so it's clearly a win win because everyone else will be receiving just enough, after paying for the rich to receive tax cuts, to live their entire lives dependent upon consumer debt products like credit cards, school loans and mortgages, which all also helps those who are already wealthy take back and horde the money they paid us...with interest. It's all about the M.O.L. my friend, and when that is threatened, they make us pay for it too.

    November 30, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |