Obama Will Return to DC Early Over Fiscal Cliff

President cutting short vacation as public pessimism mounts

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 26, 2012 12:44 AM CST | Updated Dec 26, 2012 7:46 AM CST

(Newser) – The Christmas break has turned into Cliffmas for President Obama, who is cutting short his vacation in Hawaii to return to DC for a final attempt to strike a budget deal before the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff, the Washington Post reports. Obama will leave for Washington tonight after four days of vacation, though Michelle and their daughters will stay behind. The House and Senate are due back tomorrow.

The big focus is expected to be in the Senate, with Obama and Harry Reid looking to fashion at least a patchwork agreement to stave off tax increases for most Americans. Will they get a deal done before the deadline? A new Gallup poll finds that the public is less than optimistic, reports CNN. Some 50% say a deal is very or somewhat likely, down from 59% earlier this month; 48% say a deal is unlikely, up from 38%.

President Obama speaks  during a visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii yesterday.
President Obama speaks during a visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii yesterday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Obama and Michelle Obama arrive to visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
President Obama and Michelle Obama arrive to visit with members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the Memorial Service for Sen. Daniel Inouye in Honolulu, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the Memorial Service for Sen. Daniel Inouye in Honolulu, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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