President Obama Vacation Days By The Numbers
I want my Presidents to have vacation days, be rested, and in top mental shape for the job of leading my government. While I think one can abuse the vacation privilege as President Bush clearly did, I think it was important to have kept his batteries primed. Therefore, I find the grousing about Obama and his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard rather childlike.
So let us compare President Obama and President Bush on the number of vacation days while in office.
This is Mr. Obama’s 9th vacation since taking office. As of today, he has spent all or part of 38 days on “vacation” away from the White House. He has also made 14 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 32 days. It brings his total time away to all or part of 70 days.
It’s less than the “vacation” time taken during the same period by his immediate predecessor.
As of this point in his 1st term, Mr. Bush had made 14 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 102 days. He also made 40 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 123 days. His “vacation” total at this point in his presidency was all or part of 225 days away.