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Donger
08-27-2009, 03:10 PM
http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0809/another_break_for_obama_711b9dd5-47b3-40d2-ba55-4924582858ba.html

After a mid-August trip to America's national parks and a weeklong vacation on Martha's Vineyard, President Obama plans ...

... to take a little more time away from the office next week.

Obama will head to Camp David on Wednesday, Sept. 2, and stay through the weekend, White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters in a Thursday briefing.

Joking that it may have been "wishful thinking" to suggest Obama's current trip out of Washington would coincide with a news-free week, Burton quipped that the president needs a "break from his vacation."

For the second time in just a few days, however, the deputy press secretary emphasized that Obama hasn't disengaged from his responsibilities.

"When you're president, you've always got that job," Burton said.

On Monday, Burton pointed to former President George W. Bush's vacation habits to defend scattered criticism of Obama's August schedule.

"As I recall, the previous president [took] quite a bit of vacation himself, and I don't think anyone bemoaned that," Burton said.

BigRedChief
08-27-2009, 03:12 PM
Whats the point here? Didn't your buddy George W. spend 1/3 of his presidency on vacation?

Donger
08-27-2009, 03:14 PM
Whats the point here? Didn't your buddy George W. spend 1/3 of his presidency on vacation?

That didn't take long. Read the last sentence again.

2bikemike
08-27-2009, 03:17 PM
http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0809/another_break_for_obama_711b9dd5-47b3-40d2-ba55-4924582858ba.html

"As I recall, the previous president [took] quite a bit of vacation himself, and I don't think anyone bemoaned that," Burton said.

Actually I think they did! But personally I can care less if he takes a vacation. As I said on here defend GWB. They are never truly away from their jobs.

BigRedChief
08-27-2009, 03:55 PM
Actually I think they did! But personally I can care less if he takes a vacation. As I said on here defend GWB. They are never truly away from their jobs.
no chit, every president is under a lot of stress. Look at how fast they age in office. They defintely need their downtime. But they never get complete downtime, you always have intelligence reports and security meetings...wellll unless your George W. then you get to take a day off every week from security and intelligence briefings.

petegz28
08-27-2009, 04:06 PM
no chit, every president is under a lot of stress. Look at how fast they age in office. They defintely need their downtime. But they never get complete downtime, you always have intelligence reports and security meetings...wellll unless your George W. then you get to take a day off every week from security and intelligence briefings.

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jAZ
08-28-2009, 02:26 AM
Bush averaged at least 122 days per year on vacation, and Obama is being asked to defend how many days?

petegz28
08-28-2009, 09:34 AM
Bush averaged at least 122 days per year on vacation, and Obama is being asked to defend how many days?

Once again, jAZ ignores the entire point....


"As I recall, the previous president [took] quite a bit of vacation himself, and I don't think anyone bemoaned that," Burton said.

wild1
08-28-2009, 10:04 AM
I am amused by people who think any president is ever really on vacation.

Mr. Kotter
08-28-2009, 10:17 AM
Bush averaged at least 122 days per year on vacation, and Obama is being asked to defend how many days?

No President is ever really on vacation. Bush wasn't; and neither is Obama.

Only ideological doorknobs and partisan nimrods like yourself ever think otherwise. :rolleyes:

patteeu
08-28-2009, 11:31 AM
"As I recall, the previous president [took] quite a bit of vacation himself, and I don't think anyone bemoaned that," Burton said.

:spock: Has this guy been on another planet or something?