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Day April 9, 2004

How much vacation does this guy get, anyway?

The President is on vacation again. Nor is this a rare occurrence. According to today’s Washington Post:

This is Bush’s 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.

Jeez, how much vacation time comes with this job? Seriously, this is virtually unprecedented as far as I can determine. Sure, the guy travels with an armada of communications technologies and dedicated planes, and probably can govern from anywhere on the planet. Sure, it’s a demanding job. But demanding jobs aren’t exactly unique in today’s competitive economy. But an average of 70 days a year at his ranch, not counting Kennebunkport or Camp David?

How’s your two weeks a year looking in comparison? Heck, I’m thinking about running in 2008 just to get some time off.

But isn’t it a bit hard to reconcile the notion that we’re fighting our generation’s defining battles (in Iraq and against terrorism globally), with the fact that the leader in this war has spent 40% of his time not in his office?