Thursday, August 04, 2005

Bush Laziest President on Record

WASHINGTON POST - President Bush is getting the kind of break most Americans can only dream of: nearly five weeks away from the office, loaded with vacation time. The president departed Tuesday for his longest stretch yet away from the White House, arriving at his Crawford ranch in the evening for a round of clearing brush, visiting with family and friends, and tending to some outside-the-Beltway politics. It is the longest presidential retreat in at least 36 years.

The August getaway is Bush's 49th trip to his cherished ranch since taking office and the 319th day that Bush has spent, entirely or partially, in Crawford — nearly 20 percent of his presidency to date, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS Radio reporter known for keeping better records of the president's travel than the White House itself. Weekends and holidays at Camp David or at his parents' compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, bump up the proportion of Bush's time away from Washington even further.

Bush's long vacations are more than a curiosity: They play into diametrically opposite arguments about his leadership style. To critics and late-night comics, they symbolize a lackadaisical approach to the world's most important day job, an impression bolstered by Bush's two-hour midday exercise sessions and his disinclination to work nights or weekends.

Meanwhile, the month of August has already seen 28 soldiers killed in Iraq. 1827 American soldiers dead to date. Asshole still hasn't attended a funeral for one. Guess he's too busy....


At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Sammers said...

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At 2:57 PM, Blogger Keith said...

This comment is not gonna get me anywhere, so I hesitate to write it.....but I would like to point out that Bush has hosted a decent amount of foreign leaders in Crawford, accounting for some work there. Not arguing that Bush is the hardest working guy around (that would be hard to do), but just thought it would be fair to bring that up.

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Luke said...


You said: This comment is not gonna get me anywhere, so I hesitate to write it.....

I love hearing your opinion, even if it doesn't get us anywhere. Glad you decided to comment. ;^D

You said: I would like to point out that Bush has hosted a decent amount of foreign leaders in Crawford, accounting for some work there.

You bet he has! That's why he calls 'em working vacations. And he spends time reading memos with titles like "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside US" too.

And heck, who can forget last December when more than a quarter-million people perished in the deadliest tsunami in world history? I mean, heck, Georgie was on vacation then too... and it only took him 72 hours following that devastation before he interrupted his working vacation to answer a couple of reporters' questions about it. Talk about quick turn-around! Man, that guy is a work-a-holic! See? Look:

Media criticism of the White House reached its peak in a front-page article published by the Washington Post December 29, only a few hours before Bush made his appearance in Crawford. The Post commented: "Skeptics said the initial aid sums—as well as Bush’s decision at first to remain cloistered on his Texas ranch for the Christmas holiday rather than speak in person about the tragedy—showed scant appreciation for the magnitude of suffering and for the rescue and rebuilding work facing such nations as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia."

Noting the "international outpouring of support after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," the
Post reported that "even some administration officials familiar with relief efforts said they were surprised that Bush had not appeared personally to comment on the tsunami tragedy. 'It's kind of freaky,' a senior career official said."

Clear as day... Georgie WORKS HARD! (even if he does relax nights and weekends - and for weeks and weeks each year on top of that). After all, being President is HARD WORK! I heard him admit as much... I know I'm grateful that he'll be looking out for you and me for the next five weeks while concurrently clearing out all that pesky brush down there!

So my post above was obviously a mistake... Maybe I was just frustrated about how much the Royals seem to be losing. Here - you seem to relate to stories about sports. Does that matter, eh?

Remember when Americans cared about policy positions, work ethic, and actual results? Of all the things I expected YOU, Keith, to try to defend, this president's self-admitted laxness was last on the list... Don't fall into the trap of worshipping personalities - that's how tyranny is born.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Keith said...


At 7:03 PM, Blogger PimpPia said...

i enjoyed your writings..keep going buddy!

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Danielle said...

No energy to comment on the current topic, but I was wondering how you like Family Medicine overall?? What do your hours run? Do you have to go in on weekends?


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