The president is squeezing in one last day in Hawaii before returning to Washington for five days of uncertain talks about taxes and spending with a deadline looming at New Year’s Eve.
Air Force One is scheduled for departure at about 10 pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time tonight, according to the White House.
That’s five hours behind Washington.
The Jet Stream offers a fast ride East, and Air Force One has certain reserve powers.
So President Barack Obama will fly, and one trusts rest, through the night for a Washington arrival likely sometime before noon Thursday, as Congress also returns for a few last days of attempts at averting the so-called fiscal cliff.
As Derek Wallbank reports for Bloomberg, any possible solution reached before Jan. 1 is likely to look a lot more like a “fig leaf” than any big deal.