After December 17, it's likely that the Leader of the Free World, and Santa Claus to many Americans on the dole, will not be thinking about the 'fiscal cliff' as he vacations in Hawaii.
According to notices distributed to residents of an exclusive waterfront neighborhood in Hawaii, they can expect to enjoy restricted access and other inconveniences to their homes and normal lives from December 17 through January 6 while the First Family is on vacation. That's about a 50% longer holiday vacation than last year, but winning an election has its perks.
The vacationing Obamas and a large number of their accompanying friends are moving into a neighborhood and renting a number of mansions. Obama's staff will have to put up with rooms in a nearby luxury hotel.
The Coast Guard will patrol surrounding canals. The Secret Service will stand their posts when they're not chasing skirt in Honolulu - off duty.
Will the big party go on past December 21, when the Mayan Calendar predicts that the world will end? I don't know. It's one of those wait-and-see things.