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 FDR, who was in office 12 years, was on vacation fewer days than President Bush, at 958 days. Calls to several Presidential libraries revealed 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.
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.
Bush vacation fun facts:
- 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, 490 days at his Crawford, Texas ranch, and 43 days at the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
- Bush was close to being on vacation more days than President John F. Kennedy’s total days in office (1,036).
- By the time he left office, President Bush had spent 32% of his presidency on vacation, just 75 days short of 3 years.