While the country worries about whether the White House and Congressional leaders will agree to a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama has spent more time socializing this holiday season than negotiating with Republicans on Capitol Hill.
An administration official told the Washington Times that the White House is “hosting more than 25 holiday parties this month.” The White House said the Obamas were hosting parties for “volunteers, members of Congress, White House staff, Secret Service personnel, White House reporters and Americans from across the country.”
Nearly 14,000 people will attend a White House party or reception this holiday season.
Since November 21, Obama has also played three rounds of golf, "attended a holiday concert Sunday at the National Building Museum and presided over the national tree-lighting ceremony along the Mall" while only having one face-to-face meeting with Boehner. This means means Obama has had as many face-to-face meetings with Boehner as he has had with the singer of "Gangnam Style," PSY, who rapped anti-American lyrics at at least two rallies during the last decade.
If Obama and Boehner do not strike a deal, the country faces another recession, but that seems to be the least of Obama's worries from his schedule.