Conservatives have had a field day hammering President Obama over his 10 day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. But has he taken more vacation days than past Republican presidents?
The answer is an emphatic ‘NO’. As of now President Obama has only taken 67 total vacation days in 31 months as President. And when one compares his total vacation days with former Republican presidents at the same point during their White House years, it becomes clear that President Obama is being unfairly harangued.
After 31 months as President, George W. Bush had already taken 180 days at his ranch in Texas and Ronald Reagan had already taken 112 days at his California ranch. But George W. Bush spent more time away from the White House than most presidents. He attended 98 sporting events throughout his presidency, and only 49 cabinet meetings. He visited Camp David and his Texas ranch 226 times, for a total of 977 days. For almost 3 of his 8 years as President, Bush was on vacation. And keep in mind that during these eight years, America was involved in two wars and had a high terror alert. I don’t remember conservatives criticizing Bush when he went on vacation.
To be fair, President Obama has taken more vacation days than Clinton had at the same point. Clinton had only taken 28 vacation days during his first 31 months.
What most people need to understand is that a vacation away from the White House, isn’t like a normal vacation to the rest of us. The office follows the President wherever he goes. He is constantly updated by advisers and assistants and can be back in Washington quickly in the case of an emergency via Air Force One. Another point to remember is that the President is vacationing close to Washington. Massachusetts is not that far away. In contrast, Presidents Bush and Reagan both vacationed in places farther away.
Instead of criticizing President Obama, conservatives should admire him for taking some time off to spend with his family. President Obama has a wife and two young daughters who also demand his time and, instead of being a workaholic who ignores them, he is making time for them. Why aren’t conservatives pointing that out? Isn’t spending time with family a “family value”? Conservatives go to bed at night thinking about how they can hammer President Obama the next day. Let’s be honest, even if President Obama had vacationed in a cardboard box on the White House lawn, they would have criticized him anyway. Even if he had taken 0 days of vacation by this time, conservatives would have criticized him for NOT taking a vacation. As President, Barack Obama has the most demanding job in the world. Even while on vacation, he’s never really on vacation. So let’s cut him some slack and let the man relax with his family, it’s what all of us would want.
Edited By: Alexis Atherton