Presidential vacations: How does President Obama compare? Very well.


Two plus three times forty, carry the 1 and divide by bullshit.

(CBS News) 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.


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.

  • Me

    Bush worked at Crawford. In fact, foreign dignitaries preferred the ranch, horseback riding, a relaxing place to work. Obama flies out of country, takes separate planes, flies 7 or 8 teleprompters, and plays golf.  Bush worked on his "vacations".

    The left is busy covering for the vacationer. Remember the budget response he was to give us after a "couple of weeks on vacation"? Where'd he go? The Hamptons with his buddies the 1%. What'd we get? A joke of a response an 8th grader could present.

    Face it, this guy is a grifter. He has no clue what to do, no way out of this mess, and his ideology from Frank his mentor makes all his decisions based on socialism - that's currently wreaking havoc in Europe. Oh no Obama, ignore the facts and continue us down the drain of failure.

    He has America so dependent on his big government, most Americans are incapable of standing on their own 2 feet without government assistance. Obama has wussed out America.

  • Yes, i agree with you dude. You have raised some good points on Obama.
    Great work keep it up!

  • CJ

    And all of the demwits said.....very well!
    But lets remember they are not noted for math....just lies

  • Anonymous

    Reading is fundamental. See the post, those are Mark Knoller's numbers. I'm sure GWB's overseas numbers are similar, and PBO has yet to wear a dress.

    As for "nights out",  I'd rather have a President with a healthy romantic life than one with a Stepford Wife lookalike who doesn't understand the concept of "cameltoe".

  • Not

    Mark Knoller's numbers for Obama are somewhat different: 54 days foreign travel, 61 days vacation, 32 Nights out, requiring early exits and late starts the next day.  Golf on the clock twice a month.

  • Oh puh-leeze.

  • Sdpetca

    But lets multiply the cost of each day by the number of days...spending time at your own ranch doesn't cost near as much as the flights and suites booked in Hawaii. What happened to the days when vacation were spent at Camp David...haven't even heard about Camp David since Obama has been in office.

  • . .

    So, let's add apples (vacation days) and oranges (days spent at home) and compare?  Yeah, this sounds like good old Chicago style math.

  • Doug

    This is total BS.  Someone needs to do an honest report of all the time Obama is taking and an honest comparison with past presidents.  There are so many of these defense of Obama's lazyness reports out because the American people instinctively know he is taking too much vacation, golf outings and relaxing long weekends at Camp David.  

  • He would have -- but the brush kept fighting back . . .

  • In a hundred and eighty days, Bush shoulda had all the brush cleared from his spread...right?

  • In a hundred and eighty days, Bush shoulda had all the brush cleared from his spread...right?