ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
President Obama says his Hawaiian holiday vacation is dependent on the when the Senate can work out a final vote on health care reform .
“It depends on how soon the Senate can make that last vote on health care, it may end up being Christmas Eve” Obama answered when asked when he will leave for his holiday vacation during a radio interview with Tom Joyner this morning.
The President said they are on “the brink of something historic,” so he wants to be in town if needed, “I want to make sure that I am here to solve any last minute problems,” the President added.
The Senates last cloture event is set for Wednesday afternoon. A final vote in the Senate could happen on 7 pm on Christmas Eve, unless Republicans yield back some debate time.
The President was to leave Wednesday for a previously scheduled annual vacation to his home-state of Hawaii, where he was to spend Christmas and the New Year’s holiday.
At the daily press briefing White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that no decision has been made yet on the President’s departure.
“They are going to make a decision later this evening about when the president will leave. As soon as we know the outcome to that decision we will let you know.”