President Bush And Reagan Used Far More Vacation Days Than President Obama


I do not begrudge the president, or anyone serving the nation at the highest levels of government, an adequate number of days to relax and re-charge the batteries.  What I do find fault with are those who sling political mud without the facts in an attempt to make political points.

Such is the case with conservatives who are harping about President Obama escaping with his family to Martha’s Vineyard starting on Thursday.

So lets add up the days that recent presidents have slipped away from the White House and relaxed.

So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch. 

Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days.

All I can say is that I hope Barack and the family have a sunny and fun-filled time!

21 thoughts on “President Bush And Reagan Used Far More Vacation Days Than President Obama

  1. bill sherman

    61 days is at least 30 too many and does not include weekend golfing and days goofing off entertaining primarily black racist hip-hoppers and millionaire black athletes; nor does it include his wife’s holidays in spain and india. i don’t see her or him in places like camden, new jersey for example or other areas where governance is a disgrace. furthermore, days at “western white houses” re: bush and reagan, do not count as “holidays.” obama’s presidency is a disaster – worse than bush. no substantive change at all. every bush policy without exception accepted and even expanded. health care a PR scam, wasting 2 years of legislative time to do nothing but empower insurance companies. single-payer not even on the table and when a group of doctors protested this in d.c, they were all arrested. more wars, more foreign aid to dictators, no military aid to the starving in somalia to ensure food gets to the people, just more corruption and wealth for arms manufacturers and merchants, and banking/trader honchos. etc. etc. etc.

  2. Bill,

    If you have a problem with Candem you might want to contact your local guru New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. I am sure you did not rail against the President only to somehow suggest that a federal solution be offered for Candem’s plight.

  3. Ryan Simmons

    Are you going to address any of the flaws he found in this article you created? What I would mostly be interested in reading is where you got your facts for days off on presidents. You see, the funny thing is I found the exact same quotes in your article pasted everywhere online, but no sources. There was no real break down on how they counted days. If I can get your sources I would be indebted to you, sir.

  4. ckb

    It’s the Economy stupid! Why doesn’t this community organizer just go to camp david that we already pay for, instead of spending money and vacationing like the priveleged elitist that he tries to pretend he’s not! So Bush went to his ranch, as did Reagan. Typical liberal stance, try to make this CO look better than he is. Trouble is.. the American people are on to his bag of tricks!

  5. Patrick

    To compare the time spent on vacation with Bush misses the point of context. The President has said he will make a major economic address to an increasingly desperate (jobless claims up/ stock market down) nation in the early part of September–but right now he’s off to the vacay playground of the rich and elite. Given the president’s track record with coming up with real plans, plans put in writing, I mean, should anyone waiting in an unemployment line feel better? If the dim president actually had a plan, he would have made it the focus of his campaign trip through the midwest. My guess is that his plan is to offer token tax cuts for jobs (what liberals in Wisconsin call tax cuts for wealthy fat-cat businesses), more roads (when road building companies are already at work), and the usual blame republicans/tea party thugs for not acting on his previous plans (and by plan I mean speech). Because unless he has a whole lot of business experts in Martha’s Vineyard, what else is he going to come home with?


  6. Patrick,

    You know better than to comment in the manner you did.

    Congress is not in session as Washington turns down the lights and exits in the heat of August. This has happened forever. There was no sense in making a speech before the vacation as there will not be anyone in Congress to work on the ideas. With the plotting by conservatives to undermine anything offered by Obama it really does not matter when he makes the speech, and you know that.

    As to the place Obama takes his family, would you rather he polled the matter as Clinton did? This is his family and he should do as every American does and just go where he wants. Talk about elitism….how about citizens knowing so much more about others that they tell them where to vacation!

  7. Ryan,

    Mark Knoller is a long time and much respected CBS radio reporter, and keeps all sorts of interesting tidbits about presidents that he has covered. If Knoller reports, you can bank on it. I have long followed Knoller, being an old radio man myself….well not that old….lol.

  8. Ryan,

    One more…from the conservative Wall Street Journal….”Mr. Knoller, a White House reporter for CBS Radio, has for two decades been the unofficial keeper of presidential data. The National Archives, the Smithsonian, the White House itself—none hold the cache of detail that Mr. Knoller has squirreled into his crumb-littered cubby in the White House briefing room.”

  9. Ryan Simmons

    Thank you for the information. It was a lot more than I could find on my own. Lack of time on my part. What I read was that he counted full or partial days. Never saw a break down on the numbers of partial and full. Do you think they did this to give the worse possible view? Kinda hard to make the real numbers look good, but do you think they were shooting for further shock value?

    Once again, thank you for the speed response on the information. Please don’t think me lazy to not do my own research, just very busy these days.

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