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Republicans question whether President Obama deserves a vacation (WaPo barf alert)
Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2010 | Scott Wilson

Posted on 08/22/2010 5:46:46 AM PDT by Zakeet

For the second straight year, the first family has landed on this island of quaint seaside towns, second homes and working farms for a late-summer getaway.

But this year, more so than last, political opponents are trying to hang a question over the visit: Does President Obama deserve a vacation?

The Republican National Committee has taken to calling Obama "the Clark Griswold president," a mocking reference to the Chevy Chase character in National Lampoon's "Vacation" movies. With unemployment claims climbing again, the GOP was hoping its criticism would have a certain national resonance. And maybe it will.

One potential complication: Obama has spent far less time on vacation than his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, had at this point in his presidency.

Veteran CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, a fastidious keeper of presidential statistics, has kept count. By his tally, Obama has embarked on nine "vacations" since taking office, bringing his total days off to 48. Some of those trips lasted a day and some, like his Christmas holiday in Hawaii, more than a week.

By comparison, Bush had visited his ranch in Crawford, Tex., 14 times at this point in his administration and spent 115 days there.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; imamofthedeficit; obama; queenofthedeficit; vacation

My vacations are more necessary and I'm taking fewer of them than Bush did.

1 posted on 08/22/2010 5:46:52 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
Does President Obama deserve a vacation?
You mean this week?
2 posted on 08/22/2010 5:48:23 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Zakeet

He’s tard. What with all that golfin’ and stuff.

It takes a toll.


3 posted on 08/22/2010 5:51:19 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Zakeet

Zer0 needs to constantly recharge his itsy-bitsy, teeny-tiny unsustainable batteries.


4 posted on 08/22/2010 5:54:15 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Zakeet; hoosiermama; maggief; STARWISE; SE Mom; stephenjohnbanker; sickoflibs; Justice Seeker; ...
CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, keeper of presidential statistics, reports Obama has embarked on nine "vacations" since taking office 1 1/2 years ago, bringing total days off to 48. Some trips lasted a day or so; his Christmas holiday in Hawaii, lasted more than a week.

Not counting Michele traipsing around posh Marbella in designer clothes on the taxpayers' dime.

"Say, Michele. I'm looking at my sinking poll numbers. Uh, about
that vacation house you bought for us on Marbella, the one next
door to the king? The one you bought with the stimulus millions
Rahm stashed offshore for when we exit this crappy WH."

5 posted on 08/22/2010 5:57:18 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Zakeet

This article reminds me of all the multi-day hosting of foreign leaders that W did out in Texas. Something you don’t see the least bit of with Obama. Allies were important to W, but for Obama our traditional allies are enemies—and our traditional enemies are Obama’s necessarily-stealth allies.

Of course, W was a bit indulgent in moving the operational White House out to Texas for weeks every year. It was an unnecessary provocation of the WH press and a free, mostly-bogus, issue for Democrats to gin up. There are some jobs that you just can’t convert to cushy telecommutes.


6 posted on 08/22/2010 5:58:01 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Zakeet
From 2003....

Bush Aces Physical, Begins a Month at Ranch

7 posted on 08/22/2010 5:59:25 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: Zakeet
By comparison, Bush had visited his ranch in Crawford, Tex., 14 times at this point in his administration and spent 115 days there.

Even if true, no comparison. Crawford was a 'southern' White House and his home.

8 posted on 08/22/2010 6:00:48 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Zakeet
And just what has 0 done then justify him taking a 5th vacation since July?

Maybe we should change his title to V-I-C. Vacationer in Chief

9 posted on 08/22/2010 6:07:53 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: Zakeet
By his tally, Obama has embarked on nine "vacations" since taking office, bringing his total days off to 48

Only problem is that is an out and out lie. What they did was ignore all his unofficial vacations and only counted what they call his "official vacation".

10 posted on 08/22/2010 6:09:56 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: Right Brother

exactly-it was his HOME.

and I would like to see them add up O’s golfing hours; I’d also like to see those hours noted during any ‘crisis’ we’ve had-say the oil explosion, unemployment claims going up, Korea, Iraq etc.-ya know-the stuff that happens to the rest of us that he’s supposed to care about.

AND-while we’re at it-let’s just compare working hours-no matter WHERE he is vs Bush’s...oh...and church attendance and how many times he’s said “God” out loud...


11 posted on 08/22/2010 6:13:10 AM PDT by homegroan (Proud member of the Hoi Polloi......ILLIGITIMA NON CARBORUNDUM..... -that's 4U Dad!))
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To: homegroan

The typical daily schedule for POTUS, when he is in the White House, has him banging in the Oval Office at 9 and banging out no later than 3.


12 posted on 08/22/2010 6:32:36 AM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72

Clark Griswold thats pretty funny


13 posted on 08/22/2010 6:41:19 AM PDT by italianquaker (obama all hat no cattle)
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To: Zakeet

“By comparison, Bush had visited his ranch in Crawford, Tex., 14 times at this point in his administration and spent 115 days there.”

W vacation...AKA...going home!

Liberals are such liars.


14 posted on 08/22/2010 6:41:47 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Zakeet

He can say he is “taking vacations” in place of the poor who can’t afford them. That way he can understand what the poor, who are his biggest backers, are missing.


15 posted on 08/22/2010 6:46:48 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: Zakeet

Gee who’d complain if Obama stayed on vacation for the rest of his term?


16 posted on 08/22/2010 7:36:29 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: Liz

Yeah.....THAT house....


17 posted on 08/22/2010 8:16:54 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((.Go troops! " Vote out RINOS. They screw you EVERY time" Jim Robinson))
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To: Right Brother
Crawford was a 'southern' White House and his home.

It is so glaringly obvious, isn't it? I honestly do not recall Bush taking a SINGLE vacation like Obama. I remember him fishing at his father's place in Kennebunkport, but that is it.

18 posted on 08/22/2010 8:24:55 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Obama is what they call the newly rich. Can’t remember the French word for it. Getting old.


19 posted on 08/22/2010 8:32:10 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: Zakeet
Republicans question whether President Obama deserves a vacation

A better question is does he deserve six, especially since he never seems to do any work. Speeches, fundraisers, WH galas... date nights, golf, basketball... Whoever said "I need a vacation to recover from my vacation" must have had Obama in mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWV-_1IOjag

20 posted on 08/22/2010 10:12:28 AM PDT by abbyg55
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To: abbyg55

Oops! link fixed...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWV-_1IOjag


21 posted on 08/22/2010 10:14:43 AM PDT by abbyg55
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To: Zakeet

Wonder what the vacation days count would be with fundraising included?

...Is he including the Date night and Broadway Show junkets at taxpayer expense?

Also, how many swank concerts and lavish parties have they hosted.

These people always seem to be on vaca!


22 posted on 08/22/2010 10:18:11 AM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Zakeet

For the second straight year, the first family has landed on this island of quaint seaside towns, second homes and working farms for a late-summer getaway.


Hmm interesting description. I thot Martha’s Vinyard was playground to the ELITE and RICH.


23 posted on 08/22/2010 10:19:04 AM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Zakeet

In OB’s case, vacations are good for the country. The less time he spends in DC, the less time he has to futher screw up the country.

On the flip side, the more time he does spend in DC, the more he does to drive down his poll numbers.

Maybe if he does finaly run the well dry, and all the “obama money” hand outs are exhausted,even the bottom feededs who supported him will wise up - hope so!!


24 posted on 08/22/2010 3:38:27 PM PDT by ezgoing
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The Journolist numbskulls have their marching orders. Soon every drek with a keyboard and a microphone will repeat the crap in this article.


25 posted on 08/23/2010 12:03:15 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Zakeet
Obama does have many things to worry about - but none of them are personal. He doesn't go to bed at night worrying about paying for his kids collage cost, what would he do if he or his wife got seriously ill with huge medical bills.

If he blows it, the worst that will happen he gets voted out of office. Has his presidency considered a disaster. A
blow to his bloated ego, but his life goes on.

As he takes these “necessary” vacations, does he ever ponder what the real life American his age deals with on a day to day life?

Just a day off without the worry of real life problems would be a welcome vacation to most.

26 posted on 08/27/2010 6:06:18 AM PDT by ezgoing
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To: Zakeet
One potential complication: Obama has spent far less time on vacation than his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, had at this point in his presidency.

One potential complication: George W. Bush, had at this point in his presidency, a much more robust economy than Obama.

27 posted on 08/27/2010 6:08:12 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." Lazamataz, 2005)
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