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All work and no play

Presidentin' is hard

You may recall my recent post about Obama’s work habits:

The president’s “biggest regret” was that because of economic turmoil, “He had to spend almost every waking hour in Washington working on solving that crisis,” senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “And what he missed sorely was engagement with the American people.

Byron York

But it turns out Obama has already spent nearly half his presidency outside Washington. As of January 2, Obama has been president for 712 days. According to figures compiled by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, who serves as a sort of unofficial White House record-keeper, Obama has spent 339 of those days — nearly 48 percent — outside Washington.

According to Knoller, Obama has spent 176 days on domestic trips, 70 days on foreign travel, 58 days on vacation, and 35 days at Camp David. (You can add a couple more vacation days to the total before the president returns from his break in Hawaii.) Nevertheless, Jarrett claimed that Obama has had to spend “almost every waking hour in Washington” since taking office. The truth is more like half of that.

York is a wingnut but facts are facts.

I’ll also point out that Knoller’s numbers don’t include all the time Obama has spent in Washington playing golf, shooting hoops, and attending parties, concerts and dinners.

I don’t begrudge any POTUS some R&R but Obama and his people shouldn’t tell such obvious lies about how hard he works.

10 Responses

  1. But Obots believe the lies, without question. Soon you will see and hear them droning on & on about how Obama has spent almost every waking hour in DC & how he is hardest working man in politcs EVAH. If you try to confront them with the facts, they will yell, scream & stomp their feet to drown you out – much like my 3 year old self when mommy told me I couldn’t have a puppy — and/or call you a r@cist for daring to dishonor the POTUS!! The Obama WH says it & that makes it true, danggumitt!

  2. I know we are all supposed to lament the lack of shirtless pictures of Obama in Hawaii this time around. But his bony legs have exactly the same effect on me. They totally creep me out. Eeewww …

    And … bobby socks and tap dancing shoes! Seriously?

    • bobby socks and tap dancing shoes! Seriously?

      I do not very often LOL on line, we really need a anagram for “smiles with mild amusement” to use in those cases where lol is a lie. But I did laugh at this comment and then some more when I saw the picture. Thank you for the very smart snark.

  3. How do you miss something you never had (or wanted). What engagement with the people is Obama talking about? Was he planning on touring with some bands?

  4. It would be very interesting to compare, side-by-side, how much vacation time and work time Hillary has had in the past 2 years. Let’s see the numbers in black & white.

  5. poor bo..doesn’t know work :lol:

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