The President, in no uncertain terms, set 2010 in stone. However, since that day in January 2004, its finality has been challenged.
Viceroy Hale tried to keep it afloat and it cost him his job. Sam Ting's self-interest continues to pressure several in Congress, and one presidential candidate, to suggest rejuvenation. The Russians and their tanks did their best to provide the rationale for us to do the same. Even the Emperor turned away from the direction he had followed most of his life to breath new life into it.
Now, come Monday morning, Mother Nature will have her say.