Saturday, August 11, 2007

Bush's Vacation Time

Bush on track to become the vacation president is the title of an July 9th article from the Houston Chronicle. The article by Julie Mason of the Chronicle's Washington Staff starts with the following.
On Thursday, Bush left for a weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine, and his family's summer compound, Walker's Point. On Monday, he heads to his Crawford retreat, where he has spent all or part of 418 days of his presidency, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House correspondent and meticulous record-keeper.
What Ms. Mason is implying is that the President is going to take a Vacation from Government. Who does she think "fills in" for the President while he takes his Vacation? Well apparently she does not know that there is no one who can just step in and do the President's Job. The President may go to Crawford, or Maine or anyplace else, but as long as he is on American Soil, he is on the job. The idea a President gets away and turns off the cell, TV, Radio, etc. is ridiculous and shows the depth of Bias by the Press.
The presidential vacation-time record holder is the late Ronald Reagan, who tallied 436 days in his two terms. At 418 days, and with 17 months to go in his presidency, Bush is going to beat that easily.
Reagan didn't do too badly. Maybe if Clinton has taken more Presidential Vacation-Time, the Country would have been in better Shape when Bush Took Office. Or could it be that Ms. Mason is jealous because she has to stay in Hot, Sticky Summer-Time Washington, while the President gets to go to Texas.

By the Way, apparently Ms. Mason knows Vice President Cheney will not be available to fill in, because she also wrote this into her piece.
Vice President Dick Cheney generally takes August off, often heading to Wyoming or coastal Maryland. Congress left last weekend and is gone until Sept. 4.
Memo to Ms. Mason: It is Congress, not the President, that gets to take Vacation-Time.

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