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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Obama’s rate of vacation days is now barely one-third that of Bush’s
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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In a thinly-veiled effort to portray Barack Obama as a lazy black man, the right-wing noise machine is obsessed with the president’s vacations.

The truth of the matter, however, doesn’t fit the caricature, as we see HERE:

Just how many vacations has Obama taken since January 2009? How does he compare to his two-term predecessor, George W. Bush?

The authoritative figures come from CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller.

Knoller has meticulously chronicled presidential data since 1996 with an attention to detail that has made successive White Houses regard his figures as more reliable than their own…





 As of August 12, 2014, Obama has taken 20 “vacations” lasting 2 to 15 days. He has spent all or part of 129 days on “vacation.”

And the president has made 33 visits to the official Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, totaling all or part of 84 days…

Obama’s morning round of golf on Tuesday brought his total since January 2009 to 186, with 22 of them on Martha’s Vineyard.

At this point in George W. Bush’s presidency, he had taken 58 trips to his Prairie Chapel ranch near Crawford, Texas, for all or part of 381 days. (Bush also frequently used the property to host world leaders).

Bush had also spent all or part of 26 days at his family’s oceanside compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, over the course of seven trips there.

And the former Texas governor had been to Camp David 108 times for a total of all or part of 341 days.

 

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