Obama vacation on hold — but for how long?

President Obama has vowed to remain in town while Congress wraps up whatever it is they are doing over there. DREAM Act? Packing their offices? Continuing resolution? We lost track days ago.

Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia leave on schedule Saturday, and it certainly wouldn't do to have the president photographed eating shave ice and heading to the beach while lawmakers grapple with — again, whatever it is they are grappling with.

So, Robert Gibbs. When might the president leave town (so the rest of us can start our Christmas shopping)?

MR. GIBBS:  I don't — I don't know if — I don't know who's going to win the pool.

Q: Hawaii?

Q: What kind of —

MR. GIBBS: I am told.

Q: When? (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: You know, spin the big wheel and pick a day. I don't —

Q: Wednesday? Thursday?

Q: Robert —

MR. GIBBS: If I had to guess, I would say —

Q: Thursday. (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: I would say — I would say Wednesday. That's where I'd put my money right now. But I don't –          – I also said we'd get health care done in, like, August. (Laughter.)

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