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After Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for his plans to go on his annual Hawaii vacation over Christmas, the President announced today he won't be travelling to the island paradise but said it's because he needs to stay in D.C. to work on extending a the payroll tax break. Romney had already started slamming Obama over the planned vacation yesterday, capitalizing on the admittedly poor politics of hanging in Hawaii while the government deadlocks over whether to continue giving Americans thousands of dollars in tax breaks. Obama told Democrats in Congress, "Michelle and the girls are going to have a great time in Hawaii, they don’t need me there," according to Sen. Harry Reid, The Hill reports. Punishing presidents in the press for taking (probably much needed) vacations has long been political sport in America. If yesterday's epic speech didn't give you a clue, this should be a sign of how seriously Obama is taking the payroll extension fight with Republicans (or, just as likely, how seriously he takes his reelection bid and criticism from Romney.) It's all right, you can take that Hawaii trip in 2013, Mr. President, and no one can stop you. 

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