With the White House perhaps cognizant that Obama should not be perceived as missing in action as his top domestic priority hangs in the balance, officials have made sure he is on the ground for as little time as possible during trips to Norway and Denmark. Each trip will last no more than 36 hours, according to an aide.
Obama will leave tonight for Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize and will be back by Friday morning. His quick visit to the Copenhagen climate summit will have him out of the country Dec. 18.
One Senator said Obamas most effective strategy might be to bring his former colleagues along for one of the trips.
If he really put in the full-court press, hell invite us to join him in Hawaii, Bayh said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.