Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Vacationing Bush Poised to Set a Record

President Bush is getting the kind of break most Americans can only dream of -- nearly five weeks away from the office, loaded with vacation time.

The president departed Tuesday for his longest stretch yet away from the White House, arriving at his Crawford ranch in the evening to clear brush, visit with family and friends, and tend to some outside-the-Beltway politics. By historical standards, it is the longest presidential retreat in at least 36 years.

The August getaway is Bush's 49th trip to his cherished ranch since taking office and Tuesday was the 319th day that Bush has spent, entirely or partially, in Crawford -- roughly 20 percent of his presidency to date, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS Radio reporter known for keeping better records of the president's travel than the White House itself. Weekends and holidays at Camp David or at his parents' compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, bump up the proportion of Bush's time away from Washington even further.

Bush's long vacations are more than a curiosity: They play into diametrically opposite arguments about this leadership style. To critics and late-night comics, they symbolize a lackadaisical approach to the world's most important day job, an impression bolstered by Bush's periodic two-hour midday exercise sessions and his disinclination to work nights or weekends. The more vociferous among Bush's foes have noted that he spent a month at the ranch shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when critics assert he should have been more attentive to warning signs.
Because "it's hard work," of course.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are my spider senses tingling? I fear a big terror attack may be in the works. Can someone get a hold of the PDBs as they come out and please leak them early this time?


11:54 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

It's just the Idiot Cowboy doing his part for the War on Underbrush.

1:51 PM  
Blogger HSans said...

Would you believe that an aide to the Canadian Prime Minister lost her job for calling President Bush and 'idiot' - under her breath.

I think you should be more careful with your language. The GOP Police is coming to get you!

8:36 AM  

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