Obama to fly home early as ‘fiscal cliff’ looms
By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press December 26, 2012 9:20AM
President Barack Obama visits with members of the military and their families on Christmas Day at Marine Corp Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He will return to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, a day earlier than planned. | Carolyn Kaster~AP
HONOLULU — President Barack Obama is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.
The White House said Tuesday that first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters will remain in Hawaii. Obama is expected to arrive in Washington early Thursday.
The first family left Washington last Friday night. In the past, the president’s end-of-the-year holiday in his native state has stretched into the new year.
Congress is expected to return to Washington on Thursday.
Automatic budget cuts and tax increases are set to begin in January. So far, the president and congressional Republicans have been unable to reach agreement on any alternatives.