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George W. Bush, “Vacationer in Chief”

George W. Bush, "Vacationer in Chief"

George W. Bush takes the prize as the United States President who took the most vacation.  His total vacation days, numbered at 1,020, have been estimated to cost taxpayers over $20,000,000.00.

In comparison, President Herbert Hoover’s vacation days over his 4 year term was 50. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was in office 12 years, was on vacation less days than President Bush at 958 days. Eisenhower was on vacation for 456 days during his 8 years in office.

Nixon and Johnson were on vacation less than 1,000 days during their terms.  Presidents Clinton and Carter vacationed the least of any of the last seven chief executives.

At 1,020 days, Bush was close to being on vacation more days than President John F. Kennedy’s total days in office (1,036).  Bush passed Reagan in total vacation days with three and a half years left in his presidency.  In all, President Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation.

John Boehner and others from the conservative wing have been critical of the vacation time spent by President Barack Obama and his administration, and the cost to taxpayers.  So, how did President Obama’s numbers compare to other Presidents during his first 31 months in office?  We know Bush took the most vacation days, but who do you think came in second?  Do you think it was a Democrat or Republican?

Obama took 61 days; George W. Bush 180 days; Bill Clinton 28 days; Ronald Reagan 112 days.

While the President does stay in touch, and have staff in attendance, what was happening in the country while George W. Bush was away on his 1,020 days of “working” vacation?  He presided over the loss of 4 million jobs.  He led our country into a recession. He began wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Compared to the war in Iraq, the war I deemed as unnecessary in my radio commentary, the 20 million dollars Bush spent on vacations could be considered a do-it-yourself camping trip.

Excerpts for this blog were taken from “The Most Vacationing President in U.S. History:  George W. Bush” by Lauren Victoria Burke, March 27, 2013.  Vacationer in Chief photo from skeptics.stackexchange.com.

Listen to “The Joan Jerkovich Show” and my commentary on the documentary “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War” this weekend at 9am on 910 KINA.  Did George W. Bush and his administration “sell” the war in Iraq to the American people because it served their personal agenda’s? Listen this weekend or link to the Podcast and iTunes at www.joanjerkovich.com