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18 March 2009 @ 03:47 am
George W. Bush's vacation time (grand total)  

487 days at Camp David
490 days at Crawford Ranch
43 days at Kennebunkport Compound

Total: 1020 days, more than 1/3rd of his presidency.  Bush set the record for most vacation time taken by president.

Carter took 79 days in 4 years.
Clinton took 152 days in 8 years.

Reagan took 335 days in 8 years.
Bush Sr. took 543 days in 4 years!

So much for the mythological Republican hard worth ethic.

Total vacation days I took during the last 12 years:  2.
Well, almost 2.  I was granted vacation by the hour at my previous job, so recieved 14 hours.
The rest of my jobs granted me zero vacation hours.

When Bush went on vacation, he'd chop wood and run about the ranch.
I voted for Obama, but come on.  The guy plays golf and basketball.  He's expected to speak in rhetoric and has to keep up all sorts of facile appearances like every other US president.

I could probably dream up a half dozen organizational systems in an hour or two that would work better than our democracy, and I'm not even that smart.

A system of civil service / test-determined meritocracy would be something I'd be just fine with.  Certainly finely honed testing with checks and balances would be less corrupt and...oh, everything.

I wonder what sort of fall the future is going to be, when the oil and other vital resources are squandered.  Or maybe scientists will save us, yet.  I often wish I had pursued a career in science.

foucaultonacidfoucaultonacid on March 18th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
and bush read camus whilst on holidays

but comparing yrself to bush is very unproductive.

compare yrself to yrself, see what you have learned for yourself.
jonoxjonox on March 18th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oh brother. I'm not examining myself via G.W.B, I'm illustrating the abusrdity of a system that allows the most vacation time to the people in the highest positions. He had no idea what was going on with his Iraq war, and some estimates place his vacation time (if one includes time spent campaining) as high as 42% of the days of his presidency.
jonoxjonox on March 18th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Surely you feel its productive for people to keep track of their leaders and hold them accountable?
Jaredliljay464 on March 19th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
this is completely off topic, but i don't know how i feel about the word whilst...i wanted to use it quite frequently, but spell check has persuaded me to do otherwise.
Terry, The Mellow Tiggermellowtigger on April 26th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for collecting these totals! They're exactly what I've been searching for tonight. I've been unable to find newspaper articles that include such totals. I don't suppose you still have any webpage sources around that you used to collect those numbers?
jonoxjonox on May 4th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I do not, sorry. I think I just googled it, most vacation days presidents have taken, or something.
naramalaia on August 23rd, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
If George W. Bush would have been used 3/3 of his presidency time to go on Caribbean Cruises the world would have been a quiet and better place, don’t you think?!!!!?!?
cruiseportnotescruiseportnotes on December 9th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
From what I can remember, Ronald Reagan used to have a snooze every afternoon!