Obama takes more vacations than any modern president

Obama The Vacationer

Fox News claims that Obama has taken more vacations than any recent president. After a LOT of effort, we have finally found a way to prove them correct.

We have to admit, it was tough. After all, during Obama’s first term he was on vacation 131 days, while George W. Bush averaged 510 vacation days per term while in office.

Days Vacation per term (ref)
Ronald Reagan 242
George HW Bush 543
Bill Clinton 76
George W Bush 510
Obama (Term 1) 131

But as good conservatives, we have a strong interest in proving that Fox News is always right about everything.  So we started to dig.

ARGUMENT 1: Obama shouldn’t be vacationing when the economy is bad! He should be working!

It is true that the GDP growth under Obama has been much worse than it was under George W. Bush. When GDP growth is low, Presidents deserve less vacation time. That’s just common sense.

So we can create a weighting system that takes this into account.  Let’s look at the number of vacation days each president took per term per the annual percent GDP growth during that term.

Days Vacation
per term
% GDP Growth
Vacation Days
per % GDP Growth
Ronald Reagan 242 3.3 73.33
George HW Bush 543 1.9 285.79
Bill Clinton 76 3.7 20.54
George W Bush 510 1.7 300.00
Obama (Term 1) 131 0.8 163.75

As you can see, this raises Obama’s “effective vacation days” (from 131 to 163), and lowers George W. Bush’s (from 510 to 300)

However, it isn’t enough.  George W. Bush still took more vacation days than Barack Obama.

ARGUMENT 2: Obama shouldn’t be vacationing when the debt is so big! That’s wasteful spending!

The Federal Debt is six trillion dollars more under Obama than it was under George W. Bush. That’s got to be taken into account somehow.When the debt is higher, presidents should take fewer vacation days. That’s just common sense.

So in addition to dividing the vacation days by the percent annual GDP growth, we can also multiply our “effective vacation days” calculation by the federal debt at the end of the president’s term.

Vacation Days
per % GDP Growth
End Of Term Debt
x 10 trill $ (ref)
Days x Debt
per GDP Growth
Ronald Reagan 73.33 $0.27 19.80
George HW Bush 285.79 $0.42 120.03
Bill Clinton 20.54 $0.57 11.71
George W Bush 300.00 $1.07 321.00
Obama (Term 1) 163.75 $1.64 268.55

This helps a little bit, but unfortunately it is not enough.  Using this new adjusted “effective vacation days”, Obama (268 days) is now getting closer to George Bush (321 days), but George Bush still has more vacation days than Obama.

ARGUMENT 3: I’m a constitutional originalist. Which is really code for…

Look, we’re not proud of this.  Really, we’re not.

But we’ve got to find some way of proving that Obama has taken more vacation days than George W. Bush.  Otherwise, we might have to admit that Fox News spews completely false B.S. on prime time television.

We tried all kinds of other factors, even beyond the two mentioned above.  Nothing seemed to work.

Even when we took into account the debt, the economy, unemployment, number of golf games, and even approval ratings, nothing was able to make Barack Obama seem to have taken more vacations than George W. Bush!


But luckily, there is the constitution.

Conservatives love the constitution: the original constitution.  And in the original constitution there is a very specific number associated with people like Barack Obama.  That number is three-fifths.

The number appears in Article I, section 2 of the constitution, and although it was superseded by the fourteen amendment, most conservatives know that that’s totally the least important amendment.

In the interest of delicacy we will simply call this number, three-fifths, the “Constitutional Coefficient”, or C-Factor.

We can include the C-Factor into our calculation of “effective vacation days”.  After all, if George Washington only wanted Barack Obama to be counted as 3/5 of a person in the census, we can only assume he would only want him to take 3/5 of a regular president’s vacation days, as well.

Days x Debt
per GDP Growth
10 x Days x Debt
per GDP Growth
per C-Factor
Ronald Reagan 19.80 1 19.80
George HW Bush 120.03 1 120.03
Bill Clinton 11.71 1 11.71
George W Bush 321.00 1 321.00
Obama (Term 1) 268.55 0.60 447.58

Eureka!  This solves the problem: using this calculation, Barack Obama has taken more vacation days than George W. Bush.


Fox News is correct: Barack Obama has taken more vacation days than any president of anything ever in the entire history of time. The above graph and table prove this point.

When liberals say that George Bush has taken more vacation days, that is because they are not using the special, adjusted “effective vacation days” measurement, which has been corrected to take into account important factors like GDP growth, Federal Debt, and–of course–the Constitution.

And if they aren’t willing to include important things like the economy and the constitution, well… that can only mean one thing: they are guilty of liberal bias!!!



88 Replies to “Obama takes more vacations than any modern president”

  1. I’m not opposed to President Obama taking a vacation. As for all Presidents take vacations. But, $100,000 million dollars when we are now in sequester? It does not make sense.’When Most Americans struggle to pay their taxes, the president takes a vacation that is the most expensive vacation thats ever been taken;I am angry when he does this stop, but at congress who stands by like a group of insipid boy scouts. I think Americans should call for a halt to this expenditure.

    1. I think maybe America should start dealing with the purveyors of misinformation who bandy about such frankly bizarre figures as this. This is not “freedom of speech”, this is “gain through fraud”.

      This is not costing anywhere near what they say it is costing. It is hardly a “vacation”. Notice he’s actually working whilst there. So, yeah, it does not make sense because it is not true.

      They made the same claim last time about Obama’s vacation, they were wrong then. Quite why people believe the claims now I’d like to say I don’t know. But I do know: ‘Murrica… That’s why.

      1. This article is a mishmash of misleading information. Let’s just look at the days rather than trying to change the record with magical thinking. Obama has worked very hard despite the hateful efforts of the GOP to undermine him and our country. The GOP has made clear that their goal was to turn him out of office. They failed. They continue to make other bizarre claims, like the one in this article. For example, they don’t know enough economics to understand where the deficit came from or the degree to which is has shrunk.

    2. Did you know Obama paid for the place he stayed at out mof pocket. He isnt as rich as the mothers and ddoesn’t own vacation homes.

      1. Bullsh!t O and his partner Mooshelle have increased their personal wealth 1000% while attacking the 1%. Such BS. Sooo tired of these imperialist.

          1. He couldnt give you a link… because its made up!!

            I realize this is an older article… but does anyone KNOW why we were more in debt when President Obama took over??


            Could it have possibly been the MESS that the war criminal bush and his war criminal buddy dick saddled us with?? Possibly??

    3. First off is any of them should have their butts in office it should be during then two wars they started mover what? There were no WMD and now he knows it. His experts told him so but he ignored it and went into a no won war.

    4. Plus if we point fingers on why the country is in this shape we would have to start with Bush. He didn’t pay one penny on the wars. Charged them, Obama entered them iIto thedebt. So yes the ceiling went up.

      1. Check out how many times Pres. Bush had foreign dignitaries at Crawford. It was the Texas White House. In four years he did business with 17 foreign heads of state from Putin to Mexican President Fox, Saudi crown prince, president of China, crown Prince, Prince, President of Spain, Juan Carlos and his wife Sophia just to name a few. Also, we weren’t facing so many crises then. Now, Isis, Russia, Ben Ghanzi, IRS, economy that’s crawling, you name it.

        We have a president who does NOTHING but play golf, fund raises, vacations, gives a few paltry empty talks in front of a Telepromter then goes on vacation again.

        Get real.

        1. “We have a president who does NOTHING but play golf, fund raises, vacations, gives a few paltry empty talks in front of a Telepromter then goes on vacation again.”

          I know this is something you’ve heard on talk radio and stuff. But if you actually pay attention to real political news, you’d realize Obama has been frequently meeting with foreign leaders. Just because Fox News decides not to talk about it much doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, I’m afraid to say.

          1. Oh BALONEY “We have a president who does NOTHING but play golf, fund raises, vacations, gives a few paltry empty talks in front of a Teleprompter then goes on vacation again.”

            That is IN FACT EXACTLY what we have seen him do.

          2. Greg, yes obama meets with foreign leaders, he has forgotten to turn the mike off when he makes secret deals.

        2. Here’s a list to help you. Hat-tip: Political Carnival

          1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
          2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
          3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
          4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
          5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
          6 Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
          7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family
          8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
          9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
          10. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House
          11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
          12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
          13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
          14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
          15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
          16. New federal funding for science and research labs
          17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
          18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
          19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
          20. New funds for school construction
          21 The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out
          22. US Auto industry rescue plan
          23. Housing rescue plan
          24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan
          25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
          26. US financial and banking rescue plan
          27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
          28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with theGeneva Convention standards
          29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
          30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
          31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
          32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
          33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
          34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
          35. Successful release of US captain held bySomali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
          36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
          37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
          38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales
          39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
          40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
          41. Signed national service legislation; expandednational youth service program
          42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
          43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
          44. Expanding vaccination programs
          45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
          46. Closed offshore tax safe havens
          47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
          48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
          49.. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices
          50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
          51. Lower drug costs for seniors
          52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
          53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
          54. Improved housing for military personnel
          55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
          56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
          57 Increasing student loans
          58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
          59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
          60. Established a new cyber security office
          61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
          62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
          63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness
          64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
          65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
          66. Improving benefits for veterans
          67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
          68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud
          69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
          70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
          71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
          72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
          73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
          74. Making more loans available to small businesses
          75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
          76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
          77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
          78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
          79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
          80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
          81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
          82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
          83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
          84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
          85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
          86. Held first Seder in White House
          87. Attempting to reform the nation’s healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured
          88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
          89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform
          90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

          Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office.

          Did I mention he passed health care reform ?

          There are policies that many of us disagree with or wish he would improve or facilitate more quickly, but come on, this is a pretty sweet list.

          1. YOU are truly deceived and delusional at best! It is now March 2016….how’s America looking to you now? How many more jobs have been lost to foreigners, how’s the healthcare system overlooking vets and leaving them to die, how is common core coming along? how’s the moral decline of America doing for you? how about global warming, the white house being turned into a party house; back room deals for foreign and sworn enemies to this nation; why is it that those who believe in the American constitution and held high seats have been murdered? How it going for you? How do you like the racial divide obama has caused in the country and in the political ring; how’s that working out for you? How’s the free lunch program going for you, free medical, housing, cell phones, and free college? BY the By: NOTHING is FREE; it is put on the backs of hard ass working Americans who struggle every damn day to keep a roof over our heads and feed our own families while your puppet prez. lives a life style we pay for!!! YOU people are so damn deep into the rabbit hole it makes me vomit! This is not America it is frigging Ameripolooza! A joke and a farce turned into because you dumb, ignorant people put this jack ass in office because you wanted “CHANGE”! WELL you damn sure got: a pen and a cell phone you got it. Second thought if I were you I wouldn’t take my head out of the rabbit hole; I am positive you couldn’t handle the reality of damn screw you all have created!!

        3. In 1 month, 3 out of 4 weekends was a vacation to Florida to golf….Just 1 month of being in office. And I would consider protesting and protesting turned to rioting in OUR country a crisis to maybe not be vacationing during, ALREADY. Of course, being the one that incited all of that with his xenophobic and uneducated speeches filled with lies which also contained race/religion baiting as well, I could see why he wants to hide in Florida.

  2. No facts posted here. Way too many vacation days by a long shot! Don’t be mad that bush took more than a 3 term president JFK!!

    1. JFK really Andrew, you confused with your initials man. Only US President to hold more than two REAL terms (elected) was FDR, during WW2

        1. I’m not sure that is technically correct. Didn’t he take the salary, then donate it to charities? Granted, he didn’t benefit monetarily from his time in office, but the US taxpayers did still pay his salary.

  3. Of course, George W Bush usually vacationed at his ranch in TX where Obama vacations mostly in Hawaii …. big difference

    1. I agree with Andrew Livingston The purveyor of misinformation are the real problem. According to the stat. Bill Clinton was the best president ever. Highest GDP growth and lowest growth in Debt. And yes bush the worst ever. Look at the % gain in in GDP and % gain in National Debt. I don’t care about parties I’ll give Ronald Reagan his kudos for coming in second. However, take a good look at what the Bush’s did, and be real. Get off the Democrat/Republican thing or the race thing and look at what is best for the country..

        1. If little kids couldn’t read, I would have that as a bumper sticker. Then again, if Texas keeps setting the national curriculum, that day may be coming.

    2. Bush “usually vacationed at this ranch in TX”?! Usually?! Make that FREQUENTLY, as in SEVENTY-SEVEN (77) Crawford trips at a cost of $226,072.00 per trip. That’s $17.4 million in travel alone and, as far as I can tell, that’s not even in today’s dollars. Plus, there was the cost of turning the Crawford ranch into the Western White House. How many trips has Obama made to Hawaii (his home, BTW)? Two per year tops? And he pays personally for the family’s accommodations. Yeah, big difference. http://www.politicususa.com/2011/12/23/cost-obama-christmas-vacation-bush.html

      1. George W. Bush spent 879 days at his Crawford Ranch. This doesn’t mean this was a vacation for him, he constantly flew in staff members, held press conferences, and met with 18 world leaders at the ranch. So what does Obama do on his vacations or his wife? Goes to Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard, and Spain to Golf, Basketball, shopping, etc. Where as Bush’s wife and sometimes with him went on goodwill missions in places like Africa. So one president works in his house generally where as the other travels all over to relax and unwind when the country is such horrible shape though one can argue that his doing anything to fix the country has the opposite effect so he should just stay on vacation till his replacement comes in.

        1. Thanks for pointing out how much extra the dog-and-pony show cost. Secret Service staying on the ranch. Secret Service setting up a trailer park outside the ranch entrance. Secret Service and tons of staff staying at all the motels in the area. All this extra expense — lodging, flying people in and out, travel from the nearest airport, etc. — just so Bush could ride his mountain bike and act all Reagany by chopping wood. 77 trips on Air Force One. How many tens of millions could Bush have saved by simply doing White House business at the White House?
          Plus the 147 trips to Camp David and the 11 trips to Kennebunkport … and Laura and the girls going on their Africa safari (the one the Obamas didn’t go on) and the George and Laura trip to Africa.
          It’s okay for Republicans to do it, but not Democrats.

    3. Bush is from TX Obama is from HI and pays ,out of pocket for his place. He doesnt own a vacation home as the Bushs do.

    4. But Obama only takes his family to Hawaii once a year whereas Bush flew to Crawford 77 times in 8 years. That’s almost 10 trips a year.

      Bigger difference. Much bigger.

    5. So Bush vacationed at his home in the state in which he was born, while Obama vacationed at his home in the state in which he was born, and you’re…complaining?


  4. What everyone seems to be missing is Yes, GWB did take more vacation days but he took them at his ranch. In other words GWB paid for the majority of his vacation costs out of his own pocket. But Obama, he’s jet-setting all over the globe, and so is his family. In March 2012 his daughter Malia took a spring break in Mexico with 12 of her friends and 25 Secret Sevice Agents while leaving the parents behind. What’s up with that one. Since when ae “We The People” susppose to pay for a 13 year old girls “play time”. Actually, I don’t give two hoots if he spends every single day he has left in office on vacation, AS LONG AS HE PAYS FOR IT!

    He’s does far less damage when he stays away from Washington. He really dose not know what he’s doing anyway!

      1. Such foolish remarks of people not having much of a clue. Amazing how some KNOW how many secret service members are present … some number out of the air. There is no way anyone KNOWS how many secret service members are ever used when it comes to the first family, any first family. People think presidents live free at the W.H. Another example of ignorance. When you consider security at a hotel verses on an open ranch, reasonable people can figure out that it will take MORE service members on a ranch … let me use “air” numbers just like you all … 90 percent of you haters ate because of race … grow up and start acting like true Americans … you filthy foolish people.

    1. You are so full of fecal matter it’s unbelievable……Jet setting all over the world? Bush paid for his vacations out of his own pocket? What a moron you are. Clearly you’re not a Mensa Society member…..Here’s your sign!!!!

      1. Obama paid for his vacation home. The taxpayers paid everything else including Air Force one which costs hundreds of thousands per hour and the cost of taking all the secret service agents. These costs are estimated at millions.

      2. LOL…
        This kind of reply is commonly referred to as “ad-hominem”, which is one of several types of “Logical Fallacy”.
        Logical Fallacies are the Last Resort of the Intellectually Bankrupt.

        What people are arguing is stupid. The number of days on “vacation”? First, define “vacation”… is this different than “working vacation”, or “time away from the office”?
        Do we use the IRS rules on “vacation” that if I do any “business” while on vacation then it is “business” and a tax write-off?
        Or do we list our children as “senior staff” and let the tax payers fund their trip?

        Get real. The problems are this:
        1) Obama goes on and on about income inequality, then spends MILLIONS on vacations and parties… you know… those things the rest of us can’t afford… because we don’t have the money…
        2) The COST is what most object to, not the actual number of days… how much for the trip to Hawaii? How much for the trip to Spain? How much for the trip to Africa?

        If it is personal business or personal vacation… it should be paid for by Obama… if it is in the execution of their duty as president, then the tax payers should pay for it…
        Or is that asking too much?

        1. go by your own comments … you’re closing is an argument for understanding that being smart (in your case knowing lots of big words and terms) is not a sign necessarily of intelligence. … all of the comparing of one vacation over the next is simply stupid.

    2. Actually, it is law, that the president pays for the cost of lodging, food, and other small items when on Vacation. Some people like to add the Secret Service and White House Attendees to the cost of the trip and they are completely wrong in doing that. Those people are gonna get paid whether they are at the White House, Camp David, Antartica, etc…And the only real extra cost to taxpayers is the use of Air Force One and the cost of the other vehicles that accompany AF1. Which the estimated avg cost per flight hour (CPFH) of AF1 is $180,000 (A very misleading price without the information that goes with it). Now, on to the next subject of Crisis. What exactly is the President going to do while there is conflict over in the Middle East? Sit in his office biting his nails the whole time until it is over. I’m gonna guess no, but it seems like America would feel better about themselves or the crisis that are going on if our POTUS was sitting in his office during them, which could also lead to never having any down time and I want our POTUS to have a clear head so a vacation is needed.

  5. It’s a hypocrisy thing. Obama says he is for middle to lower income Americans, and he crys foul to income inequality and economic justice. All while enjoying elaborate vacations in the Hamptons and Martha’s Vinyard.

      1. Quote:”It’s hypocritical for someone who has money to care about people without money?”

        As if he cares at all. C’mon get off the BS train, Obama expects us to tighten our belts and pay for all these entitlements to those not entitled to s dime while he spends OUR money gallivanting around when he should be doing things like showing some respect for Generals that died in action by showing up for the funeral rather than thinking of only himself and his Golf indulgence.

        Quote:’Why? Because you’re only allowed to care about poor people if you’re poor yourself?”

        We have more poor people and more on food stamps because of Obama’s policies which seem to care more for creating poverty so he can LOOK like he cares by giving them ebt cards.

        Now, how we all plan to pay for all this is something he doesn’t give an iota about.

        1. “We have more poor people and more on food stamps because of Obama’s policies which seem to care more for creating poverty….”

          Your ignorance on the subject is so blatantly obvious right here. Obama’s policies never created more poor people nor did create more poverty. He simply raised the line, which is the line for which government assistance is determined to 125% of the poverty rate. So, he just raised the bar so more people would have access to food and healthcare. I know, at the government’s expense, which is a taxpayer “burden” but damn him for wanting to help the poor people of our country.

  6. Liberals are slaves to their Democrat masters promising them the world day in and day out. Republicans are slaves to a system of rigidity that promotes independence and freedom while preaching how they should live. The people are slaves to sites like these and other media that create a wedge in our society using polemics (that’s Po Lem icks you you uneducated folk). Who cares what POTUS took what vacation? What does pointing it out or defending the person in your corner have to do with anything? Nothing. It’s a stupid device used to keep the people divided. And as you know, DIVIDED WE FALL. Don’t be a shill for parties. Our government is corrupt through and through. Supporting either party is failing America, election by election.

  7. Bush spent 1020 days on vacation during his 8 years in office. Almost 3 Full Years! More than any President since the 1920’s

    In 2005, Bush took the longest single vacation — 5 weeks — of any President in 36 years. President Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation.

    Of the 77 total “vacation” trips the former president made to his Texas ranch while in office, nine of them — all or part of 69 days — came during his first year as president in 2001. Bush made 25 trips — a total of 78 days — to Camp David in 2001.
    Holy 9/11!

    Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days in Kennebunkport.

    At 1,020 days, Bush was close to being on vacation more days than President John F. Kennedy’s total days in office (1,036).

    Presidents Clinton and Carter vacationed the least of any of the last seven chief executives.



  8. I think the biggest thing is…President’s don’t go on vacation. They don’t turn off the blackberry or put an out of office on. These are working vacations in which they are still in the loop. So in defense of both sides, lets be honest that the true vacation days is probably about 0.

        1. Keep up with the news … “they don’t like it” … well, good that he keeps up with the times … AND, if you have paid attention … he has his blackberry … but it is controlled – it is locked – and duh, checked and checked daily and controlled and monitored … ahahahahaha NSA is watching his blackberry … he does not have open range with it, gezzzz, how ignorant can people be. Turn FOX off and read the news.

  9. Well, I’ve finally found a website with ZERO real facts and the people that comment are more ignorant than the original authors.

    The world just gets dumber and dumber.

    1. What facts are wrong Tom? Name 3 facts that are wrong and cite the source that gives a correct fact. Nice job name calling. Those with true facts state them and don’t call other people names.

  10. The comedy lover in me finds it hilarious that so many people read this article as a work of fact. I was sent a link to this article by someone who said it proved that Obama spent more time vacationing than any other President.

    The education lover in me, however, was fairly saddened by the lack of critical thinking skills exibited by the readers.

    So yeah I guess if we’re riding this ship down, at least we’ll be laughing histerically all the way to the bottom.

  11. The 3/5 rule referred to enumerated slaves. Never to free men. Thus, BHO is not guilty of being vacation champ. Must still be Dubya.

    How about rounds of golf – any data on that? Gerry liked to hack around a bit (woe be to the gallery), Ike was a duffer, most of the others weren’t strangers to the links. Where does Barry stand?

  12. The sad fact is that facts don’t matter anymore to extremists, just news bites that people eat up and run (sorry sit around) with as the truth of the morsel. Politics and media reports are a shell game, a pyramid scheme, a smoke and mirror pony show, it happens left and right, and those stuck in the middle see little accomplished but rinse and repeat next cycle. What takes the most vacation time when politics is involved, cooperation, sanity, the people’s interest, the people’s tax money, and a hope for a better tomorrow.

  13. I just wish ONLY THE UNBIASED TRUTH were printed.All I want is truth,not who was worse or not.As Hillary would say what difference does it make if it is all made from biased people.ONLY THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE

  14. I just bumped into this page and can’t stop laughing.Obama has taken more vacations that any other president… LMAO

    George Bush took 1,020 vacation days.. that is 33% of his Presidency.




  15. Be nice if you would start from a point of truth instead of relying of FOX for your history. Really, can’t discuss anything with false premise.

  16. Fact is that George Bush Jr. took nearly 900 days vacation while in office, exceeding all current presidents. The longest vacation was 8 months and was taken by our second president John Adams

  17. I thought surly this was The Onion type spoof journalism, because this bunk was clearly pulled out of some dudes a$$. I quess the neocons WILL drink anything…

  18. 140910
    no point letting FACTS get in the way of your cheap shots:
    President Obama has spent all or part of 26 days “on vacation” during his first year as president; 61 vacation days after 31 months in office.
    President Reagan, in 1981, spent all or part of 42 days; by 31 months had taken 112 days off; President Reagan spent one whole year out of a 6 1/2 year term on vacation.
    President George W. Bush spent 69 days, not including the 30 days “working vacation” (Aug-Sept 2001) in Tx within the first six months in office; 31 months into office pres pres bush2 had taken 180 days off. pres bush2 had 487 Days of Vacation more than a Whole Year off of Work.
    President George H.W. Bush, spent 40 days.
    pres Carter spent 19 days “on vacation” in 1977.
    pres clinton spent 21 days; by 31 months 28 days off.

    President Obama has also made 11 trips — all or part of 27 days — to Camp David,
    President George W. Bush made 25 trips — a total of 78 days — to Camp David in 2001
    President George W. Bush. During his two terms, Bush took 879 vacation days, which included 77 total trips to his Crawford, Tx. ranch and five weeks off in 2005.
    pres John Adams who took eight months off in 1799.

    To be fair, a presidential vacation away from the White House is not the same as a vacation for the average person. The president is still in contact with his advisers and on call for any emergency.

  19. The devil is in the details. First off, most of these ‘numbers’, come from one source, a DC journalist who’s named Mark Knoller. He uses “vacation days” and “days away from the White House”, interchangeably, which makes this whole exercise vapid.

    I’m no fan of George W., but lets remember that after 9/11 the MO was to keep the VP and the President out of DC and harms way. Journalist Knoller also counted ‘days’ at Camp David as “vacation’, when doing his miss-figuring. Crawford was also called the Texas White House, and hosted many State events, because the security was much easier – aka cheaper.

    Lets stop picking on such Political BS and start looking at what has been actually accomplished by this administration – not a laundry list of lip-service distractions. Who cares about the past, focus on now. Comparing one failure to another isn’t helping.

  20. I think a lot of people don’t understand that this is satire. It is a reworking of facts that is required to make FOX’s reports fit the real world. It is more subtle than the all-caps shouting that is the format on Facebook, and it people don’t read it closely, they may not get that.

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