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Obama's Vacations? Of Any President, Bush Racked UP The Most

Original: http://politic365.com/2012/05/08/obamas-vacations-of-any-president-bush-racked-up-the-most/

“Some of our viewers are complaining, they get frustrated, even angered, when they see the first family jetting around,” St. Louis TV reporter Larry Conners said to President Obama at the White House during an interview on April 12th. So, Conners asked President Obama a pointed question: how much time are you spending on vacation?

“The economy is a big issue and concern for folks,” Conners said to the President. Viewers complain, “you’re out of touch, that you don’t really know what they’re experiencing,” the reporter said.

On May 1st, Florida Rep. Allen West complained of President Obama’s “wining and dining” at the White House Correspondents Dinner. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also used President Obama’s down time and golf outings as a campaign issue. On April 27th, House Speaker John Boehner demanded President Obama reimburse taxpayers for trips on Air Force One to North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa.

“This is the biggest job in the world and I’ve never seen a president make it smaller,” Speaker Boehner complained.

But did Boehner, Conners, Romney or West stop to compare President Obama’s vacation time to other Presidents?

Calls to several Presidential libraries reveal that President Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, was on vacation more — 1,020 days — than any U.S. President since Herbert Hoover and possibly more than any other President in history.

Even President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was in office 12 years from 1933 to 1945, was on vacation less days than President Bush at 958 days. Calls to several Presidential Libraries reveal that no President can come close to Bush’s 1,020 days on vacation in an 8 year period. Even Lyndon Johnson, who spent 484 days at his ranch in Texas and at Camp David during his presidency, came in under Bush’s vacation time. Some claim the cost of Bush’s frequent trips to Crawford, Texas cost taxpayers upwards of $20 million, but the numbers are hard to confirm.

A recession started in 2001 as Bush took office after 22 million jobs were created during the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2000. Bush began wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and presided over the loss of 4 million jobs. The debt when Bush left office was $10.6 trillion. In 2005, the Washington Post noted President Bush’s frequent vacations in a piece titled Vacationing Bush Poised to Set a Record as Bush took the longest single vacation — 5 weeks — of any President in 36 years.

President Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation.

Bush passed Reagan in total vacation days in 2005 with three and a half years left in his presidency. Reagan spent all or part of 335 days in Santa Barbara over his 8 year presidency. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David during his presidency and 490 days at his Crawford, Texas ranch, a total of 977 days.

When you add the days President Bush spent at Kennebunkport, Maine, he spent a total of 1,020 days away from the White House — close to 3 years. At 1,020 days, Bush was close to being on vacation more days than President John F. Kennedy’s total days in office (1,036). Representatives at the Nixon and Johnson Libraries indicate those two Presidents were on vacation less than 1,000 days during their terms.

President Obama has been on vacation 78 days from 2009 to 2011. At the three year mark into their first terms, George W. Bush spent 180 days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas and Ronald Reagan spent 112 vacation days at his ranch in California. Of course, staff was around all three Presidents on vacations and all White House aides argue that the commander-in-chief is never “out of touch” with work.

Calls to the Eisenhower and Truman Libraries reveal that those Presidents were not on vacation for more than 1,020 days. Eisenhower was on vacation for 456 days during his 8 years in office. When asked on whether President Herbert Hoover’s vacation days could be over 500 for 4 years a historian at the Hoover Library said, “No chance. Everyone agrees he was a grinder — he was the kind of guy for whom a vacation was rare — his vacation days were less than 50.” Hoover was in office from 1929 to 1933. Frequently Hoover either drove himself on brief trips or was driven by a military attachment or took the train.

President Obama was on vacation for 26 days during his first year in office (2009). Ronald Reagan spent 42 days on vacation during his first year in office (1981). President George H.W. Bush was on vacation less than his son, 40 days, in 1989, his first year in office. President Obama was on vacation less in his first year in office than the previous three Republican Presidents.

No President since Reagan was on vacation less than Bill Clinton. Presidents Clinton and Carter vacationed the least of any of the last seven chief executives.

All Presidents point out that work is being done on vacation. FDR’s Presidential Library included the following note with their information on President Roosevelt’s vacations: “It should be noted that no sitting modern president, including President Roosevelt, can ever take “a vacation.” Simply being away from the White House does not constitute a vacation. In President Roosevelt’s case, even while relaxing at Hyde Park, Warm Springs, or on a fishing cruise, he received mail, reviewed dispatches, signed and vetoed legislation, met with political and world leaders, and delivered press conferences and speeches. During wartime, his periods of true relaxation were even fewer.”


Added: Mar-29-2013 
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  • Comment of user 'eat5' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • Obama took 13 vacations in his first term, which spanned 83 days.
    Obama vacations have been much more lavish than Bush's.
    Obamas annual vacations to Hawaii alone have cost taxpayers at least $20 million during his first term.
    In 2011 alone, Michelle Obama may have cost taxpayers $10 million on vacations herself.

    Bush only "vacationed" to his ranch in Crawford where he conducted Official Govt business and met with World leaders.

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  • I wounder how much it cost the US tax payer each time the President gives a glass of finest cognac to Jay-Z.

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  • We are in sequester now. If they can't keep criminals off the street or keep the national parks open then maybe they shouldn't be going to the Bahamas for spring break.
    If I can't go on vacation neither should obama with my money.

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  • There is difference here. Where was Bush when he was not in DC. Most likely he was in Texas, at his home, doing business from there. How much did it cost the taxpayer when Bush was not in DC? Now look at the cost when obama and his fat assed wife take their vacations!

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  • People complain because none of these other presidents were jet setting around while simultaneously spending trillions that we don’t have, all the while passing no budget.

    Oh, wait, I meant, people complain because he’s black.

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    • @Amusing

      It's roots are long before the Dems had both houses, and it involves a lot more factors than just that.

      Go read some history.

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    • @Tanngrisnir3 He actually hit the nail on the head when he said "democrats were warned of an impending collapse of the economy due to their demand for mortgage giveaways" 100% correct!!!

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  • Um this has already been debunked Bush WORKED at Camp David and at his HOME in Crawford. He wasnt renting homes, taking separate vacations from his wife and children on the taxpayers back unlike BHO...

    BHO is not only the campaigner in chief but the vacationer in chief

    (and NO Im not a fan of Bush b4 some libertard tries to say I am)

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  • Bush didn't use BS budget cuts as a political weapon while 50 million Americans were relying on food stamps to eat. That is the point.

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  • Not to be believed for several reasons.
    1) Written by Obama media lackey.
    2) Does not include golf.
    3) Other Presidents were able to function without teleprompters, which requires intellect and thus more vacation.
    4) Other Presidents were not lazy.
    5) Other Presidents went on vacation for extended periods with staff - a movable office if you will.
    6) Obama is a stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable failure.

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  • barry is to fucking busy playing golf, having parties and screwing the American tax payer to have time to go on to many vacations.

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  • who gives a fuck bush has not been president for over 5 years.

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  • Sorry pal, Bush went home, as in his home.

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  • I'd like to see the numbers (oh, i've already seen them) of the Sasquatch First Lady's vacation numbers.
    We are an economic downfall, you don't have to go to the Bahama's, or Hawaii 4 times a year. Sit your overbited mouth and ass down, and stay at home.
    I'm so sick and tired of working my ass off to pay for this bitch's vacation romps.

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  • Who gives a shit about Bush? He ain't in the driver's seat no more.

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  • bush was a crook, too. yes we know this.

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  • atila.. You are a fool and a fake....

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  • The apologists are out in numbers. Mr. Soetero needs to be on a long vacation. His second term vacation should be 365 + 365 + 365 + 366 = 1,461 day vacation...and then I will be happy. Regardless of the cost per day, mile, lobster tail, or girl bike ride, it will be worth it. Trust me.

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  • Bush went to his home in texas.
    Barry's family spends $10m per trip to go to Maui and shit.

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  • The more these assholes are out golfing, the less they can fuck up the country.
    The scary part is, they are getting so efficient at it, they can fuck things up in their sleep.

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  • The author is a whining, hopeless , brain dead liberal.

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  • lol Bush vacationed at home and took his cabinet with him most of the time. Lame attempt again by the left. one of Obama's vacations probably cost what all of Bush's vacation cost.

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  • Ssoooo what happened to 2011, 2012, and the begining of 2013? And what about Queen Michelle's solo Vay-Kays and that of the princesses all on the taxpayers dime.

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  • I haven't had a vacation day in over seven years. That's because every day is a vacation day for me because I enjoy what I'm doing. I hope self-employeed people agree.

    I punch the clock like every employee when I remember in order to set an example.

    What's the level below atrocious?

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  • Oh, God, NO!!! Too many....facts....my little bubble....has.....burst. ;)

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