Barack Obama body surfing in Hawaii in 2008. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Nancy and Paul Pelosi at a state dinner in 2009. (Bill O'Leary/TWP)

Yep, it’s time for the game of chicken we like to call “How the Vote Stole Christmas.” Legislators vow to do whatever it takes, including missing Christmas and winter break, to hold out for a fair bill. Somehow, the vote always happens just in time for members to catch the last flight home for the holidays.

The President and his daughters in Hawaii on winter break last year. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The First Family waited until after that vote to start their vacation. Lesson learned: In 2010 and 2011, the president stayed in D.C. until Congress adjourned — but his wife, daughters and Bo started their annual vacation in Hawaii days earlier.

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