The Daily Pick

Friday, August 19, 2005

Congratulations President Bush: You Broke the Record!!!

Heartfelt congratulations to President Bush, who on Friday August 19th breaks Ronald Reagan's all-time record for most vacation days. The old record was 335 days, though Reagan took his sweet time of eight years to accomplish this feat. President Bush did it in nearly half the time. And with another two weeks of vaction on tap, he's obviously not content with simply breaking the record, he's going to smoke that record right out of the hole.

Great going, President Bush! We knew you could do it!

Washington Post Article of August 3rd, when the outcome was still in doubt.

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posted by The Daily Pick at 12:33 AM


Don't Forget--Reagan was 25 years older (a genuine senior citizen) and--wait for it--was shot within 100 days of taking office, so his vacation time naturally had to be high.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:37 AM  
Maybe then we should have called it sick leave?

And you know what, this frosts my balls because I've been working here for 10 years and like most Americans I don't get either vacation pay or sick leave.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 AM  
Well since he doesn't, hasn't, and never will do a damn thing right, it is probably for the best interest of our country that he is on vacation. I mean with the empty space that is between his ears, one could conclude he is/has always been on vacation. I wish he were in Iraq fighting for what his father started instead of here in the U.S.. I am sure our soldiers would be proud to watch him actually serve his country in the best interest of his fellow man kind.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:07 AM  
Did somebody say GW was high?
Blogger Jordy, at 11:12 AM  
This is a post-9/11 world. The world has changed.

You cannot compare the past with today's political climate.

This guy has worked ALOT harder than Reagan (R.I.P.) with the War On Terror. Regan had the 'cold war'- this is a REAL war.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 AM  
In addition to feeling bad for you, Anonymous 2, for having to go without vacation or sick leave, I also sympathize about your frosted balls. That's something no man should have to live through. No wonder you need sick leave. ;-)
Blogger grubi, at 11:33 AM  
A REAL patriot should know that were it not for questioning the sensibilites of spoiled-rich leaders, we wouldn't have a country. Let me ask you this - if your boss took approximately 1.5 years vacation over the course of 4.5 years, would you respect him? Why do you feel the need to keep defending this man? He's a black mark on your party and he's a black mark in our nation's history. Worst. President. Ever.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM  
Really. Real Patriot. Gimme me a break with the post 9/11 world BS. FDR worked himself to death fighting WWII. A war the Democrats won in less time than Bush has had fighting the war on terror. Bush is a disgrace and his excessive vacationing is a national embarassment.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:10 PM  
He is scared to leave because the mothers movement may want some answers.That would mean telling the truth when they ask him why thier children are dead because of his lies.
Blogger Heather, at 12:10 PM  
Ant to the "real patriot"....GET OFF THE CRACK!!!If you had listened to Nancy you would have been able to see the liar for what he really is.Ignorance is bliss, not a license to be wrong without penalty.
Blogger Heather, at 12:14 PM  
Sigh. I really want to know why more people are truly pissed off with what Bushy is doing/has done...

I'm interested to see all the backlash that will come in the next few years as more and more Americans start to see the similarities between Iraq and a certain country in South East Asia...

Blogger Gridlock, at 12:25 PM  
typical rich guy, sit on his laurels while "his Children of America" are being asked to work triple time in Afghan and Iraq.

Way to go "W", you set such a great of underachieving and futility(Bring em On)!!
Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:36 PM  

So, he basically took
a day off EVERY WEEK?!

Like taking every Friday off
since he took office in 2000?

jesus, we are at war, aren't we?

Blogger wellstoner, at 12:49 PM  
That's really rich ... Bush is on vacation so much -because- we're in a tougher war than the country has ever faced?

*laugh* Stop for just a moment and consider what you're saying. Can you honestly repeat that with a straight face?
Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:00 PM  
REAL Dork says: This is a post-9/11 world. The world has changed.

You cannot compare the past with today's political climate.

I want to second what others have pointed out -- to say that Bush should be taking more vacation because we're at war is probably the most laughably dumb thing I've heard all week. excellent!
Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:23 PM  
Sorry if I really got anyone angry..

Maybe my sarcasm was too subtle...

But, honestly, the greatest part about it: I made the most asinine comment that I could think of, and it sounded like the typical con troll...

I don't know about you, but I find THAT funny...
Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:36 PM  
it's been a long week.. needed to entertain myself...
Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:38 PM  
He could leave the ranch except that sleep-deprived mothers of dead soldiers might jsut have had enough and attack him like zombies looking to eat brains (not that they'll find any in that head.)
Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:56 PM  
Don't forget what we learned from the presidental debate. It's hard work. Perhaps next time the one that gets elected will be able to actually handle all the hard work without having to vacation like the French... (I've got nothing against the French btw)
Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:41 PM  
A tip of the old Ten Gallon to Dubya... the "Hardliest Workin' Man in Politics" (with apologies to James Brown)...
Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:37 PM  
In the real world, we call it "detoxing".
Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:40 PM  
No Bush has ever worked a day in their lives. Why start now? He's too busy dodging mothers of dead soldiers just like he dodged Vietnam. The psycho is a true traitor.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:46 PM  
Not to rain on anyone's parade here but it looks like Reagan didn't hold the all time record. Bush's father has him beat in this one.


"George Bush Sr. took all or part of 543 vacation days at Camp David and in Kennebunkport. Ronald Reagan spent 335 days at or en route to his Santa Barbara, California, ranch during his eight years in office. Of recent presidents, Jimmy Carter took the least days off -- only 79 days, which he usually spent at his home in Georgia. "
Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:49 PM  
Thanks to bernstein for the above note. There's a glitch though...

Yes, the article says that George Bush the Senior took over 500 days in office, but it also says he took them during his two terms in office.

Problem is, he only had one term in office. Unless you count the vice presidency, and then it's three terms.
Blogger The Daily Pick, at 10:44 PM  
Considering Bush was a coke-sniffing, alcoholic, neer-do-well, deserter the first 40 years of his pathetic life, America is lucky to get any honest work out of this failed criminal
Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:08 AM  
This guy has worked ALOT harder than Reagan (R.I.P.) with the War On Terror. Regan had the 'cold war'- this is a REAL war.

Is that right? All this time I thought it was "Mission Accomplished".

But hey, it's OK. Your man's credibility is in its last throes.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:21 AM  
This criminal President Bush should be spending more vacation time in Leavenworth Prison .
Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:23 AM  
If one never actually works, it's all a vacation.

Bush is noble, ah, that is nobility.

Until we, the people, begin to actually choose leadership by joining or establishing political parties of our own making, not beholding to corporate interest, we'll keep getting what we've been getting.

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Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:12 AM  
Does that include Clinton? Everyday he spent in the White House was a vacation.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:28 AM  
I really don't want to argue here because I think that Bush is a liar, a criminal , and possibly guilty of treason but I don't see where in the article I sited above that it states that the figure of 500+ days off for GHW Bush includes his Vice Presidency.

I'm all for seeing GW Bush and his gang behind bars, but we must make our case with logic, reason, and evidence. To rely on anything not only risks discrediting our side but corrupts our position as well.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:17 PM  
The last sentence in the above post should have begun, "To rely on anything ELSE..."
Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:20 PM  
You're right Bernstein. I misread "during his eight years in office" relating to the first president Bush, when instead it related to Reagan.

Did G. Bush the Senior really spent 500+ days of vacation in four years? I'll look into it, and would welcome if anyone else would too. I'd like to have more than one source before I update The Pick.

Thanks Bernstein.
Blogger The Daily Pick, at 12:50 PM  
War on terror my ass! He did it for the oil plain and simple. How many other countries like Iraq do people get killed and tortured, yet the world does nothing? I think President Mugabe is a much worse threat to innocent people's lives than Saddam ever was.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:49 AM  
"George Bush Sr. took all or part of 543 vacation days at Camp David and in Kennebunkport.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:34 AM  
Given that a president is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (the world doesn't take weekends, after all, and isn't all in our time zone), and that most "vacations" they take are, in fact, working vacations (which means they are still basically doing all the same things, just not in DC), I think it is hard for any of us to understand their lives to properly be able to criticize them for "vacations."

The other side always finds anything to harp on, though. I remember the republicans making noise about Clinton, too, when he took a break. Sheesh. It's a pretty stressful job and it doesnt exactly pay that great for what is required; I wonder how many of us would be willing to do it?

If you don't like Bush's politics, fine, attack that, but this is a really stupid issue, for either party to attack on.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:42 PM  
After two years and thousands of casualties, the only Weapon of Mass Destruction ever found in Iraq was Donald Rumsfeld...What will it take for my fellow Americans to see the contempt these pious frauds have for our nation, our flag, and our citizens.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:53 PM  
Personally, I think the presidency should be like any other job in America: 2 weeks vacation for the first five years (but none until after 6 months on the job), and three weeks after five years of service.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 AM  
dO poStS tHaT UsE fuNNy cApiTaLIzaTioN gEt yOUr pOinT aCroSS bEttEr? CaN't yOu jUSt aDmIt tHaT tHe iDiOt iS awol?
Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:55 PM  
REALPATRIOT was being sarcastic (I hope).
Bush deserves to break the record.
He simply does not know the difference between "vacation" and "AWOL".
Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:15 PM  
maybe we should have Star look into it.. you know spend another couple million to see what ole Bush is up to on his days off GIVE ME A BREAK MISTER ALL CAPS do you have eyes and ears the repubs are no better... money wasting vacation taking tards... the lot of them! you were here like the rest of us WASTING time. That is the problem you don't lead by example you lead with your ever dwindling pocketbook and talk out your.....
Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:02 PM  
I got to this site because I was wondering if George W. Bush can now claim to have the MOST Americans die on American soil during a Presidential vacation. Having already looked up the most American deaths in America, I was looking for stats on which president took the longest vaca.

So, "anonymous" who posted at 4:42 PM, here's my answer to your comment, "If you don't like Bush's politics, fine, attack that, but this is a really stupid issue, for either party to attack on."

No, now that uncounted numbers of Gulf Coast residents have DIED it's not STUPID. Between the last few days and the vacation Bush took in August 2001 (while memos were going around about Bin Laden), it's no longer about who took the most vacation. I believe unequivocally that this IDIOT has killed the largest number of Americans while on Presidential vacations.

Refute that, Mr. ALL CAPS ANONYMOUS who posted at 9:34 AM. Bush was not elected -- he STOLE another election (ask the voters who were still in line in Ohio at 4:30 a.m. after Fox announced Bush won the previous evening!).

Yes, if John Kerry were President now, people would have been airlifted out of New Orleans days ago (not after the tragedy) -- especially those who were too poor to own a car or buy gasoline for it.
Blogger Liberal Una, at 6:18 PM  
If Katrina had hit Dallas and the oil billionaires instead of poor black New Orleans do you think there would have been a lot more immediate planning, action and concern out of the Bush mob?
Now they are talking $10 Billion in aid. This is disgusting and reprehensible considering this disaster will make 9-11 look like a car accident by comparison in terms of human suffering and damage. 9-11 was a horrible tragedy but it has mainly served as a stupid excuse to go to war in Iraq and make George W a "war" president. How many hundred BILLION has the Iraq "war on terror" (quagmire) cost? And do you feel any safer?
Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:05 PM  
THAT ******** told Diane Sawyer when she asked about the forign response to Katrina that we have not asked others for help??????????? What the hell we give but we can't receive due to the complete arrogance of our Pres. PLEASE!!! TAKE A LONGER VACATION AND LET SOMEONE, ANYONE ELSE TAKE OVER AND HELP THESE PEOPLE.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:07 PM  
Amazing what the left dwells on, vacation days ha. Although, thanks for the humour guys, at least we have another two years of you children crying about Bush. I'll just sit back enjoy the comments and thank god Al Gore lost!
Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:55 PM  
see, theres your problem.... "thank GOD..."

ever heard of separation of Church and State? apparently not.

Why does the man that has killed more people in his presidency get ANY support whatsoever??? Because you religious, redneck, buck-toothed morons have NO BRAIN IN YOUR HEADS!

Don't support the man just because he's a white christian... clue us in on your reasoning for agreeing with his demonic powers, and lust for dictatorship.

If you cannot tell that Bush is an evil man, then you need to open your eyes, and step foot on the real world.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:46 PM  
Slightly off the topic of whether president X (regardless of party) should be taking vacations of this extent...

Now, I am not at all for forcing my religion down anyone's throats. I don't mind, however, correcting this certain issue without taking EITHER side (if we're going by data and logic and all...):

Constitution for the United States, Amendment 1:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"

We have NO right to tell someone that their declaration of religious sayings are wrong or even inappropriate by citing the constitution; The constitution holds no power over what a person can and cannot say. Come on. Don't cite a government document when things like "there’s your problem" are clearly your opinion.

Let me also word the first part of the amendment in a different way: The way I would translate it (my opinion) is that the government (that would be congress) can make no law respecting an establishment of religion. But wait – that’s what’s there. No laws saying to practice a religion. No laws saying that a religion cannot spread to the extent that the (or any) religion requires.

I believe that this means if we want to push a religion or religious party back, we must do it on our own terms, not involving the government (or its founding documents) at all. Religion cannot be shut up by the government just as journalists cannot be shut up by the government. It's just that way. If it were the other way around, movie stars and the like would have a field day mopping Hollywood with every paparazzi who annoyed them in the least. Yes, I understand that religious zealots are annoying and angering. But in America, it's their right to be that way (don't get me wrong, if they commit a CRIME while being "religiously inspired", certainly punish 'em for it).

On the note about clinging tenaciously to every word the constitution says, has anyone taken a clear look at what Amendment 13 says (right after the first five words)? Please comment on this; The way I read it states that slavery is NOT illegal in every form. That's disturbing. Glad someone has not taken THAT to court (shudder).

In the meantime, perhaps it would be smarter to listen to what the public thinks (hooRAY for politically biased opinions, but still) and push Americans to decide how much vacation should be appropriate within one term (or at least what the max should be).

Please excuse me for being lengthy, but I like when people debate about things; it's a constitutional right. ;)

-Aiden (I KNOW I'll receive responses from this one...can't just leave it 'Anonymous') :)
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:04 AM  
Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.

Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.

Section 1.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This clearly says that slavery and involuntary servitude are illegal, except if one considers penal servitude as a form of slavery or involuntary servitude. Considering the prison industrial complex, penal servitude certainly is akin to involuntary servitude.

Also, I am a liberal and I feel that if there is a God, he is certainly on my side. I mean all of the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, et al. favor helping the poor, treating others as one wishes to be treated, not casting the first stone, etc.

Just a thought...
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:14 PM  
Thanking God is not the problem. If you truly are a child of God you cannot put this on or take it off like a coat, it is a part of who you are. GW has passed no laws about his religion or forced it down anyone's throat. It is apart of his being. I think he is a wonderful president a much needed breath of fresh air. Our country was founded on religious beliefs and blessed for it. It becomes very tiring hearing the whining of the liberals everytime something doesn't go their If the election were stolen(ha)..due to fox news announcing Bush the winner...( how many liberals watch fox news anyway.. if they did they would not be liberals.) Thank God!
Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:26 AM  
Ok OK back to the origional issue. The president should get the same vacation as the majority of Americans...18 days a year. This guy has outdone the French they get on average 39 days a year. certinally wish he was their President they could and Would fire his a** and start over.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:29 AM  
If Bush needs vacations so badly because being President is too much “hard work” maybe he should consider his other career options.

I’m pretty sure that someone must have told Bush that North Korea started shooting long-range test missiles last week. I don’t think this is a good time for our “President and Chief” to take a vacation. Not that he can really do anything like negotiate or enact any type of foreign policy – he’ll just declare war on Korea to solve his problem. Don’t worry about the troops – this will be good for the country by giving Haliburton one more country to work in and this can drive oil prices even higher, so his oil exec friends can earn ever higher profits.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:24 AM  
I am an Australian. I see all the constant arguments along lines of Democrats vs Republicans and wonder can't you all just stop and think objectively. Bush is a criminal...but I don't think the other side were going to be any better. Its the same in Australia,,,our Prime Minister is a proven liar but the alternative is just as useless. History will look back at these 'leaders' - they will be remembered but none will be considered great. No leader solved the Middle East conflict, no leader brought prosperity, no leader helped the dying in Africa, no leader has improved standards at home let alone in the third world. They just achieve a continuation of the status quo.
Sorry to get on my soap box but once I was proud to be an Australian but now everyone just wants to attack everyone. Wouldn't you think with today's technology and our world view leaders could do more. Imagine if instead of invading countries the army went into a third world country and built roads and irrigation systems and farms and schools and asked nothing in return....what would the terrorists attack. All won over and for no deaths! OK so I am anidealist and a bleeding heart...your turn to attack me. Robert
Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:27 PM  
so out of the total number of days president (2 terms) howmany of them have been vacation days?
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