Sunday, January 18, 2009

George Bush and his Vaction time

According to public record George W Bush spent 487 days at Camp David and 490 days at his Crawford ranch on vacation. Quite an interesting set of statistics. If you do the math he was on vacation 33.43% of the time during his 8 years served. Additionally there are numerous examples where he didn't cut his vacation short to deal with crises. For instance during both the Israeli attacks on Gaza and Katrina GWB stayed on vacation rather than respond to either. With Katrina he did respond 3 days after the fact due to public pressure.

To put this in perspective here are a list of past administrations and the vacation time each spent while in office.

  • 2000-2008 - George W. Bush - 977 days over 2 terms, 33.43% of the time on vacation.
  • 1992-2000 - Bill Clinton - 152 days over 2 terms, 5.2% of the time on vacation.
  • 1988-1992 - George H.W. Bush - 543 days over 1 term, 37.16% of the time on vacation.
  • 1980-1988 - Ronald Reagan - 335 days over 2 terms, 12.15% of the time on vacation.
  • 1976-1980 - Jimmy Carter - 79 days over 1 term, 5.4% of the time on vacation.

Obviously we can see where Bush Jr. gets his work ethic, he inherited it from his father's side. Also of interest Democratic presidents seem to take a lot less vacation than Republican ones, at least in this sample. I need to look at more data, the Bush family seems to be particularly bad in this regard, by a factor of 6 as compared to the Democrats.

I don't know anyone personally who gets one day out of three off from work, but maybe you do. It is a pretty sad legacy that the Bush crime family leaves behind.

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