Presidential Vacation Time

For those who are keeping count:

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.


    1. Assuming you’re serious, I think the average is about 10 business days per year.

      …For people who have full time jobs anyway…

      1. With the exception of the Army (30 paid days off per year), all my civilian jobs have given only 5 days off a year. And that’s after you’ve put in a year with them.

  1. I don’t really know the average but I get 120 hours a year, which translates to 15 days. I know some people that get 10 days and I know some that receive up to a month of vacation time.

    1. I get the same, except that we don’t have separate sick leave. So if you have health problems, you don’t really get to go on vacation. I basically had to take my honeymoon unpaid.

      1. That’s the same with me as well. Vacation and sick leave is all lumped into one. Luckily and unluckily for me, I rarely get sick and I can’t afford vacations anyway.

  2. The President goes on vacation and the opposition party will always knock him for it. They know full well that the President is not on vacation in the same way most people are. He works the entire time. Briefings, meetings, decisions etc. The difference is that he takes a bit of time during the day to splash in the ocean with the kids.

    It is, however, unseemly to go on vacation and propose a plan to fix the economy when he gets back. Makes it seem like he has his priorities out of order.

  3. I remember being on the phone with a friend when I was bashing Bush for taking so many vacations to his ranch. My friend was defending him saying that he still does all of his regular Presidential duties – he’s just doing it from home. A couple of days later (while Bush was still at his ranch) Hurricane Katrina struck. I think you all know the rest of the story – it started with “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job!”

  4. This is a no win situation (expect against those who claim that Obama takes more vacation than Bush) because if they take a lot of vacation then they can still say: “well, at least he does less harm this “.

    1. That’s awesome. How do they control their movements in that? It’s only a matter of time before some extreme artist makes a giant one of those with hundreds of people inside to create a human snowglobe.

  5. Check Drudge Report any Monday morning. You’ll usually finding an entry where they bash Obama for playing “yet another” round of golf. The guy can’t golf on a Sunday morning – his day off ?

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