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Presidential Vacation: Obama vs. Bush

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For all those that whine about President Obama's vacations, here are the FACTS for you.


Obama’s vacations and golf outings, by the numbers

Olivier Knox, Yahoo News 
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Obama and Bush Vacation
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President Barack Obama walks along the fairway while playing golf at Farm Neck Golf Club, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard., left and President George W. Bush holds up his catch during a fishing trip Saturday, June 30, 2007 near Kennebunkport, ME. (AP Photo)

President Obama’s annual family vacation — an escape to tony Martha’s Vineyard — has once again served as an inviting target for critics. They ask how he can relax while the world burns, wring their hands about "optics" (aka "how it looks to the average American") and recycle decades-old complaints about presidents enjoying high-end resorts and historically patrician sports like golf.

Just how many vacations has Obama taken since January 2009? How does he compare to his two-term predecessor, George W. Bush?

The authoritative figures come from CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller.

Knoller has meticulously chronicled presidential data since 1996 with an attention to detail that has made successive White Houses regard his figures as more reliable than their own. He keeps tabs on everything from the number of trips overseas to the number of foreign leaders who visit the White House to the number of formal press conferences. He also tracks how often presidents flee Washington for what he calls "vacations" — always in quotes — which he notes can never be clean breaks from the job, thanks to modern communications, which bring global crises to the presidential doorstep no matter where it happens to be.

Knoller graciously shared his latest data with Yahoo News.

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 As of August 12, 2014, Obama has taken 20 "vacations" lasting 2 to 15 days. He has spent all or part of 129 days on “vacation.”

And the president has made 33 visits to the official Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, totaling all or part of 84 days. (Knoller does not count Camp David trips as “vacation.”)

Obama’s morning round of golf on Tuesday brought his total since January 2009 to 186, with 22 of them on Martha’s Vineyard.

At this point in George W. Bush’s presidency, he had taken 58 trips to his Prairie Chapel ranch near Crawford, Texas, for all or part of 381 days. (Bush also frequently used the property to host world leaders).

Bush had also spent all or part of 26 days at his family’s oceanside compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, over the course of seven trips there.

And the former Texas governor had been to Camp David 108 times for a total of all or part of 341 days.

Bush played 24 rounds of golf as president. He later explained his decision to stop in the fall of 2003 by saying he felt it was not appropriate to be seen golfing while American troops fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Like Obama's, Bush’s vacations became a frequent target of criticism. But Bush also drew liberal protesters against his policies — the most famous of them antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who pitched a camp down the road from the Crawford ranch.

And Bush drew liberal scorn in August 2002 when he began a round of golf in Kennebunkport with a somber denunciation of a bus bombing in Israel.

"I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers," he said. "Now watch this drive."

Posted by Anonymous on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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Well, it was easier for Bush...I mean, we all know he really wasn't the President.  Cheney and Co. ran the joint.

EarlGrayHot
by Platinum Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Yes, people can be idiots.  The truth is that wherever the president is there are herds of staffers around to keep him informed.  The White House is wherever HE is.  And everyone deserves to get out and have a vacation now and then.  It makes you work better later.

Cocomicah
by time lord on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Blahh.. All the presidents will always suck to most normal people. We should just go on ahead and have a monarchy or dictatorship. Then maybe the person in "power" will actually have absolute power lol. Most people don't even know what the actual job of the president is.
mom2boys664
by Silver Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Who cares?  Doesn't make him a good president because he golfs less or takes less vacation days. They both sucked at their jobs.

I hear that all the time at my job - people bragging because they don't take all of their available vacation days - ok, doesn't make you better at your job. Usually those are the people who are on the internet all day and not really working anyway.

thetrollcat
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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hell if I had to listen to a billion nagging citizens everyday Id take a lot of vacations too

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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This isn't about how good he is (or isn't) at his job.  Otherwise the title and content would have stated such.  The point IS that so many people seem to think Pres. Obama takes off more time than any other president.  And, the facts show they are incorrect.  If you want to post facts about which president(s) did their job better than another, go make your own post about it.

Quoting mom2boys664:

Who cares?  Doesn't make him a good president because he golfs less or takes less vacation days. They both sucked at their jobs.

I hear that all the time at my job - people bragging because they don't take all of their available vacation days - ok, doesn't make you better at your job. Usually those are the people who are on the internet all day and not really working anyway.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

IKR???

Quoting thetrollcat:

hell if I had to listen to a billion nagging citizens everyday Id take a lot of vacations too


JaeMommy07
by Platinum Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM
This lol.

Quoting thetrollcat:

hell if I had to listen to a billion nagging citizens everyday Id take a lot of vacations too

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lukesmom2002
by Ruby Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I don't care how many vacations they take. I am not an Obama fan at all and think he is a terrible President but knocking him for spending time with family is silly just as it was silly when Liberals went after Bush for the same thing. The Presidents vacation is a bit different than when the rest of us take one. He is still working and doing his job he takes it with him. 

KristaP13
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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The mainstream media has to generate some kind of distraction to pull people away from focusing on how bad the government is failing. Republicans and Democrats. That's the only reason they focus on Obamas vacations lol 

In my opinion, all the politicians are crooks, in the major parties anyway, and the media is just as bad. 

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