First, let’s get a few facts out of the way. To this date President Obama has taken around 125 vacation days since he took office in January 2009. Considering we’re just about at the three-quarter point of 2014, that comes out to just slightly more than 22 days per year. If he keeps this current pace, by the time his second term is over, he will have taken a total of around 182 vacation days in eight years.
By contrast, George W. Bush took 381 vacation days during his eight years in the White House. That averages out to 48 days per year. Though I know some will say Bush spent well over 1,000 days on vacation. But that’s when you get into the subjective area where you have to decide if his time spent on his ranch in Crawford, Texas (where he often claimed he was still working) actually counts as “working.”
But for the sake of “lowballing it,” let’s just say Bush took 381 days. That means President Obama is on pace to take less than half the number of vacation days as Bush.
When it comes down to it, no matter which party controls the White House, the opposing party will always try to make a story out of the president daring to go on a vacation.
Though let’s be honest, the President of the United States is never on vacation. It’s a 24/7, 365.242 day a year job.
But lately another wrinkle has been added. People see President Obama golfing as the “world spirals into chaos.” It’s been a common talking point on Fox News that Obama is the “Golfer in Chief.”
Here’s a fun fact: Presidents of the United States are honest to God human beings. I don’t care what position they might hold, they’re people.
And people need to relax their mind from time to time. Especially the president. Unless you’ve actually held the office, I don’t think anyone can grasp what it’s like to literally never have a free moment. Because even when a president might be playing golf, or even sleeping, at any moment they might be called away to address something.
Now I can already hear conservatives saying, “Bush gave up golf in 2003 because he said it didn’t feel right golfing while our military men and women were at war.”
Good for him. Though the two wars he started sure didn’t seem to stop him from taking nearly 50 vacation days per year.
And let’s not fool ourselves, he would have never given up golfing if the media hadn’t made such a giant deal out of it. Though at that time it was the liberal media doing it. Now it’s the conservative media.
It just needs to stop.
While I get why it’s so “offensive” to so many that a president might dare take a vacation (especially if they’re taking a lot of vacation days), or even go golfing, what do these people honestly expect a president to do? Never relax? Never take any time for themselves?
The last thing any American should want is a president who’s so stressed out that they’re on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. And the media, both the left and the right, really needs to stop this nonsense of shaming presidents every time they might dare take some kind of a vacation or – gasp – even play a round golf.
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