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.
President Obama has been on vacation 78 days from 2009 to 2011. At the three year mark into their first terms, George W. Bush spent 180 days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas and Ronald Reagan spent 112 vacation days at his ranch in California. Of course, staff was around all three Presidents on vacations and all White House aides argue that the commander-in-chief is never “out of touch” with work.
Calls to the Eisenhower and Truman Libraries reveal that those Presidents were not on vacation for more than 1,020 days. Eisenhower was on vacation for 456 days during his 8 years in office. When asked on whether President Herbert Hoover’s vacation days could be over 500 for 4 years a historian at the Hoover Library said, “No chance. Everyone agrees he was a grinder — he was the kind of guy for whom a vacation was rare — his vacation days were less than 50.” Hoover was in office from 1929 to 1933. Frequently Hoover either drove himself on brief trips or was driven by a military attachment or took the train.
President Obama was on vacation for 26 days during his first year in office (2009). Ronald Reagan spent 42 days on vacation during his first year in office (1981). President George H.W. Bush was on vacation less than his son, 40 days, in 1989, his first year in office. President Obama was on vacation less in his first year in office than the previous three Republican Presidents.
No President since Reagan was on vacation less than Bill Clinton. Presidents Clinton and Carter vacationed the least of any of the last seven chief executives.
All Presidents point out that work is being done on vacation. FDR’s Presidential Library included the following note with their information on President Roosevelt’s vacations: “It should be noted that no sitting modern president, including President Roosevelt, can ever take “a vacation.” Simply being away from the White House does not constitute a vacation. In President Roosevelt’s case, even while relaxing at Hyde Park, Warm Springs, or on a fishing cruise, he received mail, reviewed dispatches, signed and vetoed legislation, met with political and world leaders, and delivered press conferences and speeches. During wartime, his periods of true relaxation were even fewer.”
smalljobs54 • Feb 15, 2013 5:11 PM
THE TRUTH ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL VACATIONS _ BUSH MOST IN HISTORY
President Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation.
Isn't it about time you grew up !! Looking at the gray hair, they all seem to age rapidly under the pressure of enjoying themselves, in the modern world do you really think they ever go on vacation, give it a rest.
The more time Bush II was on vacation, the safer we were.... His successor got a Nobel Peace prize at that point for not being Bush - they thought the US and the voters had returned to their senses. The Republicans are still tying to 'harvest' the Crash they gave us and delay recovery.
Bush flew all the way to his home in Texas big vacation. In addition at his expense he built a "Safe Addition" to his home many leaders preferred to meet with him the rather than in DC who would not? Putin was he had to deal with that lead the way to meet him at the ranch. Putin if Bush was at his Fathers would even go up there rather than mess with the DC press corps. Tony Blair was another. So subtract a bunch of your so called vacations off your list your memory is short and he also was President for 8 years. His wife did not haul off to a $7,000.00 spa in Italy or where ever over seas. Mrs Bush went hiking in our National Forrest's with Friends not $7,000.00 a day spas. You can also subtract the days real work went on with\ leaders of the World. He also went to see them they did not have to come to DC every time to see the President. He was in his office every day at no latter than 7:30 AM meeting with cabinet members just plain working not flying around all day in airfore "ONE". Mrs Obama is now off for a skiing trip he to Florida to play Golf with the boys. Might help if some day he meet with his security council something President Bush did on a regular basis.
Comparetheirr real working days if you wish to compare times. Obama leaves in the AM comes home in time for a hoops game hard days work.
Guess what...If the economy was good, and unemployment was 4% right now, with growth at 3% (hell even 2% would be fine), nobody would care how much Obama went on vacation.
The fact is we have a terrible economy, 8% unemployment, and negative growth. Not exactly a good time to be out having a good ol time on vacation, while everyone else is suffering.
Republicans conveniently "forget" this issue in relation to Former Governor Bush vacations. I recall seeing numerous pictures of Former President Bush clearing brush at his ranch here in Texas.
I do not so so what. Hard physical work never hurt a person. Have you ever see the ranch?. He could have chopped brush 24/7 and not made a dent in the brush on the ranch as you call it. A ranch is usually coinsidered anything over at least 2500 acres more like 10,000 acres. But not going to argue over that lttle nothing. The largest land owner in the USA is Ted Turner how many thousands of acres he owns in Montana no one knows and it is none of my business either. He keeps his land in great shape, he cares.
The President's traveling crew has the case with the codes, etc. That's the locus of the Presidency and has been since the Cold War.
The Republican tax plans won't enable job creation, they enable capital flight. Their funders have Caribbean accounts and air strips or helipads.
What have you got?