As a vacation-taker, Obama is a piker compared to Bush
Every time President Obama does anything even remotely resembling leisure, the right-wing noise machine spews high dudgeon — as if to suggest, of course, that the uppity black dude is characteristically lazy.
The truth is that Obama will never come close to George W. Bush as a presidential vacation-taker. Indeed, Bush spent one-third of his eight-year presidency on vacation, as we see HERE:
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 frequenttrips to Crawford, Texas cost taxpayers upwards of $20 million, but the numbers are hard to confirm….
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.