Obama Vacation Days

Vacation Time?

Yeah...Bush Did Also

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Fun Time for Obama...Meanwhile, back at the ranch....

I don't ordinarily begrudge any person vacation time. I mean, you work all year, you pay the mortgage all year, you buy new braces for the kids, you work five days a week...you deserve time off. Most of us get two or three weeks vacation time a year (if we're lucky). In this "recovering economy" of ours, many people simply can't afford to take a vacation. If you are the typical American family (meaning born in the USA or legal resident), it's you, your wife and two kids. Plus, Fido probably would have to come along as well. Say you want to go to Disney World...or not. We're talking thousands of dollars for a family of four. Many families simply can't afford that. So, maybe something less than Disney World. Six Flags over Georgia or whatever state? Think again. It's expensive as hell for a family also. So, most families try to find something to do not far from home. It's all about the economy.

I was initially surprised when I heard President Obama had taken, yet, another vacation swing in late March to rio de janeiro. It's not like he didn't have other more pressing matters to tend to. As leader of the most powerful nation (well...at one time anyway) on earth, he has problems that might preclude him from taking this vacation. The apologists at the White House said this vacation had been planned a long time ago. Well, plans are often delayed or just outright canceled when current events demand it. Japan, probably our closest ally in Asia, is going through a nightmare scenario of a 9.2 earthquake, a devastating tsunami and, to cap matters, nuclear power plants in the process of meltdown. The latter might actually have an effect on the USA. We are bombing the hell out of our third Muslim nation daily in Libya. Israel is on the verge of attacking Islamic fanatics once again. They are getting rocket attacks on a daily basis from Hezbollah. We have the greatest crisis financially this nation has ever faced. The "New Red Menace" is the national debt. . So, to handle this problem, the President of the United States takes another vacation. He is quickly becoming known as "The Absentee President" by his critics. It's obvious Obama enjoys the limelight and perks of being the President of the United States. What he does not like is the workload.

President George W. Bush took vacations to Crawford, TX quite a bit also (he allegedly spent five months of his first year there...click). But, most (certainly not all) were working vacations. One could argue the latest Obama vacation to Brazil is a working vacation. But, the reason most are upset with Obama on this latest vacation is the timing. The Obama Administration has the worst record of timing of any I've ever seen in my life. But, you know what is amazing to me? The number of people who defend Obama's vacations. Do a google search on Obama Vacations or Obama Vacation Days. Look at the number of stories from either the AP wire services or from the White House defending him. Strangely, the stories are mostly in 2010. Very few stories are mentioned this year. According to factcheck.org, Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and W. Bush spent more vacation time in their first year than President Obama did. But, this article is from January 2010. I could not find anything for this year on vacation time.

But, this is something that is unexplainable to me insofar as Obama Vacation Days; he took three vacations after the oil spill started in the Gulf of Mexico. Again, it comes back to Obama's timing of vacations. How does it look to the people on the gulf coast when they see their President whooping it up in Hawaii or wherever, while their livelihood is drowning in oil slicks? How many vacations do you think FDR took during WWII? How many did President Bush take after WTC attacks? This country is facing more crisis's than any other in recent memory. It requires a president who sets an example for the rest of the country. President Obama is supposed to be our leader. He simply doesn't understand he is not a community organizer any longer. When most Americans are unable to take vacations, he goes to the beach to have fun with his family.

I did find one site that listed all kinds of stuff about President Obama's vacations. It is called brokencountry.com. This is from January of this year. I don't know how reliable this guy's facts are. But, consider some of what he says on the link I provide. For instance, Obama has taken six vacation trips, all or part of 32 days. He has taken Foreign trips: 6 trips to 8 countries spanning 22 days. Since taking office: 16 trips to 25 countries spanning 70 days. Flights on Air Force One, 172. Since taking office, 328. There is more if you just hit that link. Again, I don't know how reliable this is since it appears to be a private blog. But, if this guy is half-right, this appears to be over the top to me. President Obama has got some tough decisions to make on the national debt. He can't keep ignoring it or making half-hearted attempts to manage it. He has decided to let the UN command our troops in Libya. This is not something Americans are comfortable with by any stretch of the imagination. There are people who see Obama as a weak president. Even Donald Trump is attacking Obama by making the birth certificate a front and center issue again. When your enemies see you are vulnerable, they will get even more vicious. Watch for this trend to increase as the weeks go by.

If you are perceived as weak, your enemies will come at you even harder. Albert Einstein once said, “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.Obama's attitude needs to change toward his job as a part-time President. Obama needs to just do his job. That is plain and simple as I can make it. It is not only about timing that is a problem for his vacation time. It is about appearances as well. He gives off the notion he is an elitist, a snob of the highest order. He is so much above it all. Obama is in love with himself. There were many people who were in love with him in 2008. That was then, this is now. President Obama needs to stop fiddling while America burns.

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Brian Burton 5 years ago

Grrrr, so sick of these presidents taking vacations and messing around with all the problems we have. Depressing, but good hub.


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Ton, Obama is doing a great job if you grade him on his ability to destroy a once great nation. Unfortunately, that isn't the way it works. 2012 can't get it quick enough for me.


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

David cut Obama some slack. It is very tiring to completely trash a once great nation in two years ! :)


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Frog, and Marx, Engels, etc. lol Them boys got it going on!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

David - They have Alinsky down pat too. LMAO


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

frog, I'll visit your hub later on tonight. I will be waiting with bated breath for TPC or blue clue to interject and say it is all the fault of "W." lol Yeah, the Left is very predictable, aren't they? I'll say one thing for them; they have their talking points down pat and never stray from them. But, that's about all the credit I will give them. Appreciate your comments today.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

David - My latest Hub is out and I'm waiting for someone to come along and blame Bush. Over two years into this fiasco and that's still the fall back position.

The tactic is if you can't answer with facts, change the subject. If that fails, pull out the race card and start with the name calling. Life goes on huh?


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

frog, blue clue is like most socialists. Their failed ideology is a basketcase all over the world. So, what else to do but change the subject. I'm waiting on the patented leftwing ad homenim attack from blue. It's coming, we both know it. ;-) They have nothing left to discuss. lol


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

blues clue, bringing up Bush is the method you lefties utilized to excuse all of Obama's many failures. If you can bring up Bush as being the cause of inflation, unemployment and debt/deficit, why can't we gently remind you Bush is NO LONGER president? I mean, fair is fair, right? Explain what FDR and Clinton have to do with Obama vacation days for me. I must have missed that somehow. One more thing; I'm a stickler about staying on topic on my hubs. I'm sure you and your leftwing gulag pals will understand that one.

One more thing, you didn't bother to address my points of the national debt rising 1.5 trillion in 2010 under Obama. It's better to attack the messenger when you can't honestly attack the message, right?


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Breakfastpop, it seems Obama is "above it all" as is the case with most elitists of the socialist persuasion. His bahavior is not surprising.

frogprince, he reminds me of Clinton in the respect you mention. Remember when Clinton ordered attacks on empty tents in Afghanistan? Wow, he really showed them guys, didn't he?


a blues clue 5 years ago

that would make you the first then


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

a blues clue - Not my tactic, I try to stay on topic. Try it sometime.


a blues clue 5 years ago

just mad i took your tactic that's all


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

a blues clue - It always amazes me when a lefty doesn't want to discuss the person at hand. In this case it is Oblabber Mouth.


a blues clue 5 years ago

it always strikes me funny when the right wing LOVES to use bush for their "good" points then when anyone brings up a factual screw up from shrubs reign of error it becomes "Bush is no longer president" lol here's the deal to all my reich wing pals, I will stop utilizing the mess Bush left this country in if you guys stop crying about Clinton and plundering the ghost of FDR...i don't expect any of you to take that because it will take away your favorite arguments of the last 70 years.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

What I find rather odd David is that when the heat gets turned up on an issue, Obama seems to take a vacation, hit the links or go on a date. At our expense I might add.

Nicely done and awesome observations.

The Frog


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

The impression he gives is what he is to his core. He looks like a man who does need need to explain anything to anybody, most of all the American people.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

That is what I am saying too, it is getting weird and I think you made a great comparison!


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Polly, the Obama Cult Members aka Obama Zombies, are totally devoted to their fearless leader. He can do no wrong. President Obama could do the "streak" down Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. and the Obama Cult would say Obama was wanting to show a "kinder, gentler side of himself." What is sickening is that these people are more devoted to him than they are this country.

I always heard that the type of zombie-like devotion that the German people had for Hitler could never happen in this country. I wonder...I really wonder about that now. Have you noticed how the Obama Cult keep downgrading this hub? I actually made a comparison to Bush who also took a great deal of vacation time. But, that wasn't enough for these Obama Cult members. Any bit of criticism of the Anointed One is unacceptable. As long as I am allowed to, I will speak out against Obama. If the Obama Cult doesn't like it, then they can go take a Valium.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

It is just this human thing so many people have, it is like a Christian, well they call themselves that yet they can go on living in sin and just say God or Love, Love, now and then and God will let them in. It is stupidity for them to see all the bad about Obama (and there is no good) yet he is so grand and they will say it with death and depression surrounding them more and more each day with all Obama will do nothing about and well we know he didn't use that $600 million on border patrol, I guess he figures it should start dwindling some so no one gets suspicious it wasn't used for that. That makes as much sense to me as anything else. Something I wonder about is the people who defend Obama seem to do so with such hatred, almost a violence... almost a possession. I voted for him and ask forgiveness and I made a mistake, but I may can make up for it. Will people be so hardheaded to not admit they were wrong they put the whole country, their family and themselves at risk?...... I really think so.


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Blues Clue, here is a clue for you; George W. Bush is no longer president. The Obamas need to get over that fact. The Anointed One is President. Obama has done more in two years than Bush did in 8? So many jokes there I scarcely know where to begin. How about this: Unemployment in January 8 2010: 10 percent. -December 3, 2010: 9.8 percent. National Debt in 2010: Up $1.56-trillion

-January 1, 2010: $12.311-trillion

-December 28, 2010: $13.871-trillion

And that is just for starters that Obama has done. So, I guess you are right in that respect; Obama REALLY has done more in two years than Bush DID in eight. Thanks for the enlightening comment.


a blues clue 5 years ago

there are so many apologists for Obama's vacation because there are so many still for Bush. Including your assessment that of Bush's "working" vacations. If you mean clearing brush then yes they were working vacations. So if you want the left to hold Obama more accountable then look in the mirror. See even with "all these vacations" BHO has done more in 2+ years for America than the shrub did in 8. Watch your glass house as you cast stones GOP that's all i am saying

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