Congress Ruins Obama Girls’ Vacation

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TPM relays the news that President Barack Obama is delaying his trip to Indonesia and Australia because the House may vote on health care reform next weekend:

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who for days has insisted the schedule would not change, detailed the news on his Twitter feed this morning. “The President will delay leaving for Indonesia and Australia—will now leave Sunday—the First Lady and the girls will not be on the trip,” Gibbs wrote.

According to the AP, “the trip was scheduled to coincide with his daughters’ spring vacation from school.” Now, thanks to recalcitrant Dems, Sasha and Malia won’t get to spend their vacation with their dad. It’s clear there are plenty of lawmakers who don’t particularly care about making sure all Americans have access to affordable health care. But do they really want to make the Obama girls cry?

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