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Presidential vacations: How does Obama compare?
CBS ^ | 08/17/2011 | Mark Knoller

Posted on 08/17/2011 6:04:16 PM PDT by ConservativeTerrapin

Following his three-day bus tour to promote his economic agenda -- and not to mention the debt limit rancor in Washington before that -- President Obama is finally getting some rest and relaxation.

On Thursday, he and his family are heading off to Martha's Vineyard, the island off of Massachusetts. They'll be staying at a 28-acre retreat called Blue Heron Farm for about 10 days.

There has been criticism of the president's vacation at this time. But how does the number of vacation days the president has spent compare to his predecessors? CBS Radio's Mark Knoller has kept track of presidential vacations for years and supplied the data.

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.

To be fair, a presidential vacation away from the White House is not the same as a vacation for the average person. The president is still in contact with his advisers and on call for any emergency.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: cbs; maybealittlebb; maybealittleblow; maybealittlegolf; maybealittleintern; maybevaleriejarrett; obama; seebs; vacation
Well, at least CBS isn't defending his record as President. Just his vacation time.
1 posted on 08/17/2011 6:04:23 PM PDT by ConservativeTerrapin
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

SeeBS? I do.


2 posted on 08/17/2011 6:07:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans need to wean their government off of its dependence on foreign money.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

So, basically, when compared to those in a comparable situation, one not involving working from home at a ranch property, this Oval Office occupant takes more than twice as much vacation time?


3 posted on 08/17/2011 6:07:31 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

I don’t believe it. Plus, I don’t think they are including Obamas 70 rounds of golf and his fundraising tours.


4 posted on 08/17/2011 6:09:17 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarah Palin 2012 - Nothing but Net)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

I smell BS from cBS.


5 posted on 08/17/2011 6:09:39 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

When someone really screws up at work and causes serious repercussions is not the time to then just run off, ignore the problems and take a vacation.


6 posted on 08/17/2011 6:11:34 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin
Whew.

I am dizzy from all that spinning.

7 posted on 08/17/2011 6:14:05 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin
To be fair..........means, as we see it and you should believe it
8 posted on 08/17/2011 6:15:26 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: OldNewYork

The Republicans worked from home (WFH) same as working from their home in the White house. 0 actually goes to resort locations and disrupts air traffic each time.


9 posted on 08/17/2011 6:15:33 PM PDT by omega4179 (Obama Downgrade)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

The problem is they are counting Bush working from his ranch as vacation time even though he was running the show from there and even bringing in foreign dignitaries. Obama, however, has made it known he is ‘not to be bothered’ on vacation and spends his time on the golf course.


10 posted on 08/17/2011 6:16:16 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

So far 61, eh. So 71 after this one...averaging around a month a year. And this is full blown vaca...counting Bush’s time at Crawford is like counting Carter’s time at Camp David.


11 posted on 08/17/2011 6:16:53 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

Too funny. By this measure, I’m on vacation 300 days per year since I mostly work from home.


12 posted on 08/17/2011 6:19:18 PM PDT by laxcoach (Government is greedy. Taxpayers who want their own money are not greedy.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

CBS ACTIVELY producing propaganda to support their President.

There was no news here to report.

The real news in this story is that the news media has given up any semblance of objectivity.

Would be kind of fun - if the corporate CBS HR were called - since apparently CBS considers working from home to be vacation days - how many days many of their people owe the company.


13 posted on 08/17/2011 6:21:09 PM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: ConservativeTerrapin
Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off -- 28 days.

Well, when you live in you're own brothel....

14 posted on 08/17/2011 6:21:36 PM PDT by txroadkill ( This space for rent)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

Don’t think Clinton had a home to go to. Don’t see Obama spending any time at his Chicago home that Resko bought for him.
The Bush’s didn’t have to pay rent on a place at Martha’s Vineyard.
The Reagan’s had a nice ranch property for their get away also.

Those two presidents didn’t need to *show off* that they had finally reached that “apartment in the sky” like Clinton and BO. A whole different class of people.......and I am NOT talking about money!


15 posted on 08/17/2011 6:21:50 PM PDT by IceAge
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To: ConservativeTerrapin; All

Someone help me recall...didn’t Hussein’s administration authorize taxpayer monies for see b.s. retirement folks?


16 posted on 08/17/2011 6:23:33 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

Ok...so vacation time plus leisure time (read that golf and trips to the local burger barn to throw burgers and fries down the gut) equals how much?


17 posted on 08/17/2011 6:24:06 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

It’s not a problem that he takes vacations it more the timing of his vacations and the appearance that he’s away during a crisis.

Gulf oil disaster - vacation
Attack on Libya - golf vacation
Etc, etc.


18 posted on 08/17/2011 6:24:32 PM PDT by Tempest (Ruining the day of corporate butt kissers everywhere.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

It’s not a problem that he takes vacations it more the timing of his vacations and the appearance that he’s away during a crisis.

Gulf oil disaster - vacation
Attack on Libya - golf vacation
Etc, etc.


19 posted on 08/17/2011 6:25:00 PM PDT by Tempest (Ruining the day of corporate butt kissers everywhere.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

Gosh, its CBS. They are known liars.


20 posted on 08/17/2011 6:26:18 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: mnehring

I think foreign dignitaries run the other way from 0bama and the wookster.....


21 posted on 08/17/2011 6:27:54 PM PDT by geege
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To: IceAge
Apparently people at Martha's Vineyard hate the bastRAT.
Screwing up traffic, when he goes for lunch to restaurant, secret butler service closes the whole restaurant for the day.
22 posted on 08/17/2011 6:28:25 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: All; ConservativeTerrapin

Notice they try to compare W and Reagan spending time at their “Western White House” locations to Obama leisure trips to Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard and beyond.


23 posted on 08/17/2011 6:29:59 PM PDT by newzjunkey (12yo's consent law, AB499 (Atkins), passed the CA Asm 50-25, Sen vote next.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin
What a dreadful distortion of truth and facts. Bush often ran the country from the Ranch. As for Obama's golf resort games, and his bassaball games, and his ice cream eating travels for his 2012 re-election, I guess they don't matter either.

What I'd like to know, is how much of OUR MONEY Obama SPENDS on his vacations as compared to the other recent Presidents, while the American people suffer financial loss and misery every day. And this scab calls himself a 'leader'? Furthermore, we are at war with THREE countries and our economy is in the toilet so badly that Americans haven't seen the likes of this since the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl days; and Obama fiddles and lives like a King in a country that has no problems. He couldn't solve any damn problems anyway, so why not just stay on vacation all the time and let his hacks do the job?

24 posted on 08/17/2011 6:31:42 PM PDT by jiminycricket000
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To: American in Israel
When someone really screws up at work and causes serious repercussions is not the time to then just run off, ignore the problems and take a vacation.

Also, when someone really screws up at work, you can't explain it away by saying "it's not my fault, it's the fault of the guy who worked here 3 1/2 years ago."

25 posted on 08/17/2011 6:34:40 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

Bet the Obama’s have spent the most money on vacations of any Presidents. Much of which has been out of country or on their boozy parties at the WH. Bet they beat the other Presidents on those too. Bush mostly had working time at the ranch and had visiting dignitaries visit there, which of course was work. Those trips were real cheap compared to the Obama’s.


26 posted on 08/17/2011 6:36:17 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

Oh wait, ISeeBS is covering for the AnointedIdiot’s lavish vacations and such by comparing the vacation time of an ass that has been in office for less than three years to another ass that was in office for 8 years? =.=


27 posted on 08/17/2011 6:37:52 PM PDT by cranked
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To: ConservativeTerrapin
Clinton took the least time off because ???????

Should we kneel to the champ???? ;-)

28 posted on 08/17/2011 6:43:31 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

Wonder which one spent the most at this point into their vacation time...?


29 posted on 08/17/2011 6:43:42 PM PDT by pallis
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Bush and Reagan went to their OWN PROPERTY for their time off. Taxpayers weren't charged for their accomodations. There was nothing ritzy about their ranches. Nothing like the lavishness of BO and the Mooch’s Hawaiian vacations or Martha's Vineyard.
30 posted on 08/17/2011 6:52:21 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

I would like to see the president take the rest of his office on vacation...


31 posted on 08/17/2011 6:54:26 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: mnehring
One of the things that drove the MSM totally crazy when George W. Bush was President was the fact his summer home was a ranch outside Crawford, TX--almost literally "out in the sticks" with temperatures over 100 °F. in the summer and over 50% humidity--ouch!

Can you imagine what would happen if one Sarah Palin becomes President and the MSM has to go out to her possible summer home in Wasilla, AK about two hours' drive north of Anchorage? Considering the cost just to fly to Anchorage, the MSM might not even send that many people up there in the first place.

32 posted on 08/17/2011 7:55:17 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: dandiegirl

As you said, the question for all of us is did Bush send the Govt. A bill for staying at Bush’s own residence.....and was it equal to the Tax payer cost of Obama’s “Martha’s Vinyard” bill. ?
Let us compare COSTS, not time and location.


33 posted on 08/17/2011 7:57:18 PM PDT by 4Speed
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To: hosepipe
William Van Devender

Owner of Oil and Gas exploration in Mississippi

Huge GOP Donor

You gotta love the irony of Obama renting a house from a Oil, GOP Donor from racist Mississippi

34 posted on 08/17/2011 7:57:45 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: RayChuang88
Considering the cost just to fly to Anchorage, the MSM might not even send that many people up there in the first place.

Are you kidding? Don't you remember the scavenger hunt the MSM was on once she was named as the VP nominee? There were literally HUNDREDS of the MSM in Anchorage, Juneau and Wasilla.

35 posted on 08/17/2011 8:00:40 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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36 posted on 08/17/2011 8:03:30 PM PDT by devolve (If my graphics offend you/HLS scroll down - If too large simply carefully back away from your PC)
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To: buccaneer81
But that "scavenger hunt" must have really lightened the wallets of MSM organizations because flying to Anchorage--I've checked the schedules for several airlines and getting to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines or Delta Airlines (using former Northwest Airlines routes) are NOT in the cheap department.
37 posted on 08/17/2011 8:07:22 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: neverdem; patton; OldNewYork

I call complete bulls**t on this one.

Bush has NOT spent that much time in Texas ... 180 DAYS !!! claimed by CBS at the 2-1/2 year point?? ... at this time in the his presidency: Sept 11 occurrred early in his term (not nearly 2-1/2 years in!) and Bush did NOT spend 180 days on “vacation” during the entire 8 years of the War on Terror.


38 posted on 08/17/2011 8:07:27 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: IceAge

Bingo! Obama & Clinton are both the annoying tourist. Bush’s wealth and family status speak for themselves and he was still running the show.

This is nothing more than hidden class warfare from SeeBS.


39 posted on 08/17/2011 8:54:49 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (purple durple lips)
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To: RayChuang88
But that "scavenger hunt" must have really lightened the wallets of MSM organizations because flying to Anchorage--I've checked the schedules for several airlines and getting to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines or Delta Airlines (using former Northwest Airlines routes) are NOT in the cheap department.

I imagine the networks have pre-negotiated rates, much like the government.

That's where some of the idiotic "Reality TV" revenue goes.

40 posted on 08/17/2011 9:03:34 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Flying around the continental USA, true. But flying to far-away Alaska and Hawaii—that might be a different story!


41 posted on 08/17/2011 9:55:51 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Note the comparison, i.e., apples and oranges. They refer to Obama’s ‘days of vacation’ and Bush’s days at his TX ranch.

They count Bush’s travel days in that, so if he worked at the WH on a Friday, then left for the ranch, that day is in their count; similarly, if he left the ranch at 6am to return to Washington, that day is counted as ‘a day at his TX ranch.’

Obama’s count would shoot up if it included ‘parts of all days spent away from the White House on rest and relaxation.’

PLUS, Obama doesn’t have one advantage GWB did. GWB owns his ranch. Obama has to (like Clinton) freeload OR pay $50K/week for a vacation place.

Maybe CBS can do an ‘investigation’ of how much $$$$ our past few presidents spent on their vacations. Maybe my memory is short, but I have NO recollection of the Bushes going on vacation to costly posh island resorts, ever.


42 posted on 08/17/2011 9:58:05 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan and Both Bush’s had places to go. They owned vacation homes that they could go to.
Obama like Clinton really has no place to go to that they can call their own. I think that does make a difference in a way.


43 posted on 08/17/2011 10:02:51 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: RayChuang88
With what CBS and NBC charge for Superbowl commercials?

They can afford to send 50 people each to Alaska. And to destroy a candidate they'll spend more.

44 posted on 08/17/2011 10:10:10 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

If Cbs stated the sun comes up in the east,
Ya’d best check fact check before believing it or anything else that comes out of that garbage gub mint propaganda tool.


45 posted on 08/18/2011 3:22:31 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Don't trust the F.B.I. the C.I.A. and specially the B.A.T.F.)
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

They didn’t count the 48 days Obama has spent at Camp David so far.


46 posted on 08/18/2011 6:12:12 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: ConservativeTerrapin

They didn’t count the 48 days Obama has spent at Camp David so far.


47 posted on 08/18/2011 6:12:21 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: ConservativeTerrapin
I love the part about Slick taking the 'least vacation time'.

When President Bush(43) was in office, his ranch was commonly referred to as the Texas White House or Crawford White House. Business was conducted from there with little extra cost to the taxpayers. Bush(43) typically spent holidays in D.C. so that the Secret Service agents could be with their families.

When President Reagan was in office, his ranch was referred to as the Western White House. Same as with President Bush, business was conducted at the Western White House with little extra cost to the taxpayers. Massive Secret Service protection was not needed.

When Slick was in office, the White House in D.C. should have be named Las Vegas East. 'What happened in the White House stayed in the White House'. Why leave home when the 'girls' are coming to you!

This CBS story is typical DNC rhetoric. They are void of dignity and have no shame!

48 posted on 08/18/2011 10:17:38 AM PDT by CharlyFord (t)
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