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Gayle in MD
10-06-2009, 09:14 AM
Wednesday, October 1, 2003!
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Dear Yahoo!:
How many vacation days has George W. Bush taken to date as president? How does that compare with Clinton?
Vince
West Hollywood, California

Dear Vince:
While the president of the United States is never completely on vacation, most commanders-in-chief manage to enjoy a respite from the daily grind during their stay the White House. George W. Bush seems to have taken this to the extreme early in his tenure as president. A humorous, fake resume for Bush suggests that he set the record for most days on vacation by any president in U.S. history -- a bit of an exaggeration, but still cause for some teasing.
According to an August 2003 article in the Washington Post, President Bush has spent all or part of 166 days during his presidency at his Crawford, Texas, ranch or en route. Add the time spent at or en route to the presidential retreat of Camp David and at the Bush family estate in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Bush has taken 250 days off as of August 2003. That's 27% of his presidency spent on vacation. Although to be fair, much of this time is classified as a "working vacation."

Bush isn't the first president to get away from his work. George Bush Sr. took all or part of 543 vacation days at Camp David and in Kennebunkport. Ronald Reagan spent 335 days at or en route to his Santa Barbara, California, ranch during his eight years in office. Of recent presidents, Jimmy Carter took the least days off -- only 79 days, which he usually spent at his home in Georgia. That's less than three weeks a year, which is closer to the average American's paid time off of 13 days per year.

What about Clinton? As of December 1999, President Bill Clinton had spent only 152 days on holiday during his two terms, according to CBS News. A former staffer noted Clinton was such a workaholic that "it almost killed Clinton to take one-week vacations during August." In 2000, Clinton cut his summer vacation short to just three days, so he and his wife could concentrate on her Senate race and fundraising for Democrats. While we couldn't find the exact tally for Clinton's last year in office, it's reasonable to expect he didn't increase his vacation rate. And in barely three years in office, George W. Bush has already taken more vacation than Clinton did in seven years.


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<span style="color: #000066">Pretty funny! Obama gets trashed for taking his wife out to dinner? Flying in to stand up for America's Olympic opportunities, like all the other head of state who were there, did for their own countries?

Maybe they should be asking why Patreaus has been silent on McCrystal's unprecedented undiciplined and outrageous behavior, and why he was giving speeches, and going on 60 minutes, instead of staying on his watch in Afghanistan, and why patreasu is rumored to be considering a run in 2012, and is the ONLY top man who hasn't reprimanded McCrystal for his failure to keep our national security discussions private, at a time when obama, Jim Jones, Secretary Gates and the Joint Chiefs are revewing our policy, just as McInsane has done.

Jim Jones, and the rest were involved in the collaborative process of upgrading our tactics, since we now face an obvious corrupt government in Afghanistan since their last election, and there are only 100 al Qaeda in Afghanistan, while many more are in Pakistan, Aomalia, and other parts of the world. Bush's franchise results. Jones, our national Security Advisor, has more combat duty logged than any other General, has been the Commander of the Marine Corpse, he's been a commander of NAAO, including responsibilities for forces in Afghanistan. We have a Secretary of Defense who has served two presidents, and performed an excellent contribution in his service, and we are at a critical time in our strategic planning and policies going forward.

Are we to Nation Build, in a corrupt country, or turn more attention to destroying al Qaeda?

Looks to me like McCrystal, and Patraeus, have political ambitions. both Gates, and Jones, have admonished McCrystal's actions. He's a disgrace, and out of line, to be publically discussing policy, while policy is currently under weigh.

Why was he making speeches in London, and going on 60 minutes, instead of going to the White House to sit in on an open forum, OR, staying in Afghanistan, where he is supposed to be leading our troops?

Once again, the right, focusses on the wrong things, at the wrong time, in their efforts to trash the president, such as a one day excursion by our president, to support our country's shot at the Olympics, in his flying oval office, and a meeting with the out of line general, who broke with standard operating proceedures. Generals, go through the Joint Chiefs, the NSA, and the Secretary Of State, not directly to publically announce their opinions on foreign turf, and to the 60 minutes television program, in the midst of a reassessment of our policy.

When Shinshekki spoke out, he was answering questions in front of the Congress, and Bush fired him, for telling the truth, that they were making a huge mistake, by going into Iraq, without enough troops. He was working within the traditional channels, and operating according to long standing Military proceedures, but he was fired, anyway.



That was completely different.</span> /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif