White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters in his West Wing office Friday that the Republican Party's approval rating is "only slightly above the national drinking age."

Gibbs was criticizing GOP efforts to delay Senate passage of the healthcare bill.

With only two amendments being voted on so far, Gibbs was asked if a more realistic deadline for the healthcare bill is somewhere around the State of the Union address in late January.

"I'm not going to wiggle on the date," Gibbs said.

He said the president still wants a bill he can sign this year, and Obama "would be happy to sign it in Hawaii," where he is spending Christmas.

"I can think of any number of picturesque settings" where Obama could sign the bill, Gibbs said.