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.



  1. I notice you left out actual info on Obama’s vacation time and costs, as did the article at the link you provided. Rather than making an objective comparison, it seems you’re merely doing the same closed-minded rant you accuse conservatives of doing.

    Additionally, most of the current displeasure in the public is regarding the cost of Obama’s upcoming vacation to Africa.

  2. I’m sure the cost of the time spent at Camp David, Crawford Texas as well as Kennebunkport will add up to far less than the one trip to Africa. The issue here is the justification one uses to satisfy their own needs, whether you are the writer supporting the idea of a $100 million dollar vacation by pointing out the shortcomings of previous holders of the office in the manner that a child points out the mistakes of other children to deflect his or her own mistake or you are the first family who are no doubt justifying the trip through their own arrogance in a “we deserve it” moment. The bottom line is it 100 million dollars, why not get in the helicopter and go to Camp David?

  3. Wow, really? Instead of dealing with the here & now you’re going to play the pansy card and and ask, “Well, what about so-and-so?”

    That’s pathetic.

    ps: Bush was not presiding over one of the worst economies since the Great Depression … and please bear in mind that I am NOT a Bush family supporter in any way; merely commenting on how pathetic your response is to this subject.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    So the fact that Bush is there right now vacationing in Africa….with his family on the Governments dime…is ok, just not the guy who is President…?

    The fact that Bushs wife has been there 5 times means nothing…? really dude…!!!

    Who says it cost 100 million anyway…fox lying news…?

    Did you ever complain about the Bush vacations…because he took more than any President in history….you can’t have this both ways guys…!!!

    If my memory serves me correct wasn’t your Bush on vacation as folks in New Orleans were dying in the streets from Katrina….hhhmmm

  5. Brian Opsahl

    Wow the price of his security is astonding…
    Did you ever do the same with Bush or is it just Mr.Obama’s cost that is bothering you…
    Do you realize how petty it is when you bring this up..?
    So should Mr.Obama stay here only and NOT do the Nations business…and NOT go on a vacation as his predecessor did…?

  6. The Washington Post got its estimated cost from the Bush trips. Bush and family took twice as many trips to Africa as the Obamas have taken, and at approximately the same costs per trip (except Laura took her grown daughters on an African safari at the taxpayers’ expense, but the Obama’s didn’t.) Fewer trips for the Obamas, so less cost for the taxpayers, but the Bushes are wonderful Americans while the Obamas are elitist, entitled tyrants … or something like that.

    Care to explain the hypocritical double standards?

    Bush’s 87 trips to Crawford, along with hotels and housing for Secret Service away from the ranch, and the 143 trips to Camp David, and the 11 trips to Kennebunkport (with Secret Service and staff housing) vastly outweigh the costs of one trip to Africa. Of course, the Bushes took twice as many trips to Africa on the taxpayer dime, but none of that matters.

    Care to explain the hypocritical double standards?

    You guys loves you some Kool Aid, don’t you?

  7. LydiaMay

    There is a BIG difference in going to Martha’s vineyard and PAYING for an expensive rental, far beyond the president’s salary as many times as they have gone. Bush’s ranch was NOT a vacation home, it was a WORKING ranch, which he did there. WE DID NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR IT, other than travel to the same destination and minimal security. Why does Obama not go to his Chicago home? Think about the expensive vacation Michelle and the girls take, beyond his salary means. Bush went to camp David during holidays because it took LESS SECURITY staff, that way many at the WH could spend the holidays with their immediate families. Big difference in agendas. Bush WORKED while at the ranch, that is why they called it the 2nd white house, he had NOT disengaged. It also took much less security. He also stopped playing golf during the war. Please do not compare the two men. We were mad at Bush for many things but I would take him back any day over this bafoon! IF that report is correct, you notice they do not go into the financial details or inconveniences for staffers and the local areas they visit. I hear China could not wait for Michelle to leave. How many luxury trips do you remember Laura taking? Details are very revealing, leaving them out gives a false picture/story/truth. It is called manipulation, which the media and politicians are masters at.

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