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Setting the record straight and "vacation-shaming" Obama

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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"Vacation shaming." lol. The term makes me laugh.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/36148-lets-stop-vacation-shaming-obama-because-world-leaders-need-breaks-too

Obama has taken 129 vacation days since taking office in 2009 while Bush took 349. Obama has taken 20 trips, as opposed to Bush’s 58.  

Helllooooooo.

Just because he’s president doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy lying by the pool like the rest of us, and it certainly doesn’t mean he doesn’t need the rest. President Obama has one of the most stressful jobs on the planet, and even when he does take a holiday he’s making calls, holding briefings, and now even taking breaks from his breaks to deal with urgent matters. Nevertheless, critics love to vacation-shame Obama, reasoning that there are significant ongoing crises all over the world, and why isn’t he dealing with them?

The president’s job may never be done, but given the overwhelming medical evidence in support of vacations, trust us — you want Obama to leave his office once in a while. After mounting criticism and pressure, Obama has taken a hiatus from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to fly back to Washington on Sunday night in order to meet with advisers on the U.S. military operations in Iraq and the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. 

And while critics focus on images of the president on the putting green or riding bikes, Obama has also taken the time to make an official statement on both issues from Martha’s Vineyard. 

Obama’s trip to the posh resort island has been slammed by several political pundits in the last week. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote an op-ed last week titled ”Obama Vacations as the World Burns,” commenting that the president’s decision to go on break 36 hours after announcing airstrikes in Iraq suggests a detached commander-in-chief who might be breaking his own “don’t do stupid sh*t” doctrine.

Former Arkansas governor and talk show host Mike Huckabee also lambasted the president on his show, Huckabee, for choosing to go on vacation while violence rages in ISIS and Gaza and “millions of Americans don’t have enough money for a minor league baseball ticket.” He added sarcastically:

I’ve been watching our federal government in Washington lately, and by gosh, I realize I’m a sucker. I’m working long hours and long days to pay for the people in Washington to take a long vacation. I’ve been asked if I’ll make another run at the presidency, and I’ve concluded that it might be a nice reprise from the kind of hours I’m putting in now

So has the president been taking an inappropriate amount of time off, like his critics suggest? Not exactly. CBS News’s Mark Knoller broke down the hard numbers and compared Obama’s vacation time with George W. Bush’s. According to Knoller’s numbers, Obama has taken 129 vacation days since taking office in 2009 while Bush took 349. Obama has taken 20 trips, as opposed to Bush’s 58.  

Those numbers aren’t the only hard evidence Obama’s critics need to take in. After countless studies, there is a clear consensus: Vacations are important for your overall health. One study showed the correlation between vacations and a reduced risk of heart disease, while another reported on the importance of recharging yourself by taking a break from your work and normal life, and others show the clear connection between vacations and increased productivity at work.

Regardless of these benefits, you can’t argue that vacations reduce stress, and who wants a stressed-out president making crucial decisions on foreign and domestic policy? I mean, would you want a bomb squad technician to do his job tired and cranky?

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Now, carry on....

Not my circus; not my monkeys - Polish proverb

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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM
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As is often pointed out when people draw attention to the fact that Bush spent nearly a year of his two terms on vacation, "he was still working, just not in DC".  Well the same applies here folks.   


tiffyhamm
by Gold Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 9:12 AM
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Folks act like the President just turns off being President when he is not in DC.  That goes for all Presidents, they deserve time away from the office just as the rest of us.

I don't really care about this vacation shit.  For any of the Presidents. 

12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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Obama doesn't have to leave the White House to be on vacation...

funny_girl3
by Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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Glad someone pointed out the obvious. Well it's obvious to most reasonable people.
Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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And still...

Haters gonna hate. Lol
numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Aug. 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM
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Yep Bush is in the mix again.  He was mainly at the Texas Ranch working still. However, One president still has fun while the other stopped golfing and more when the men and women were still overseas fighting for our freedoms. And Yep it's NOT the current president.

AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM
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While it may be true that Obama needs those vacation days, people need to stop comparing him to Bush. All that does is give a "He did it, so I can do it" vibe. It's pathetic and childish.
littlemum41
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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Quoting tiffyhamm:

Folks act like the President just turns off being President when he is not in DC.  That goes for all Presidents, they deserve time away from the office just as the rest of us.

I don't really care about this vacation shit.  For any of the Presidents. 

 Yep. True. They need vacations. ( Except for Obama,of course )

ANd , Obama just left Martha's Vineyard in the middle of his family vacation to return to Washington ....his family is still there but he had to leave. I'm sure the right-wingers will have something negative to say about him anyway.( The fact that he exists is what bothers them the most. ) It is a  mean, sick kind of attitude they have.

littlemum41
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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Quoting 12hellokitty:

Obama doesn't have to leave the White House to be on vacation...

 

Derp.....

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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Obama Has Logged Only 1/3 as Many Vacation Days as George W. Bush

OR HARDLY WORKING935

“Obama golfs while the world burns” (or “bodies fall from the sky“) is the new talking point on the right, with variations for President Barack Obama’s vacation to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend. But how much is Obama actually off the clock?

This calls for some data journalism. Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox obtained the hard data from CBS News’ Mark Knoller, who has made a project of tracking executive days off since 1996. Knoller compared Obama to predecessor George W Bush‘s vacations. Here it is in graphic form:

Obama’s vacation days clock in at just over one-third of Bush’s, as do the total number of trips. Knoller didn’t count trips to Camp David as vacations, but Bush led those 3:1 as well.

The golf numbers are flipped, with Obama having played 186 games of golf to Bush’s 24, though Bush explicitly stopped playing golf early in his term.

Bush isn’t the only Obama vacation foil that has fallen apart. A few weeks ago conservatives criticized Obama for not canceling his travel plans following the downing of flight MH17, arguing that Reagan had immediately decamped from his California ranch to address to the 1983 attack on Korean Air Flight 007 — a claim that turned out to be wildly untrue.


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