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!