Yes, after what must have been a gruelling visit to Cancun, our President is yet again taking some time off at his ranch. At least this time he’s only planning on staying for the weekend.
President Bush broke President Reagan’s record total for vacation time in only his fifth year of office–and Reagan’s record includes time spent recuperating from a gunshot wound. Bush has no such excuse.
It seems to me that Bush thinks that the Presidency is something like the National Guard; two weekends a month, and one week a year.
This while the vacation and leave benefits of regular Americans are continually diminishing in corporate America.
Yes, I’m know these aren’t true “vacations.” I’m sure President Bush is in contact with Washington during these retreats. But this seems ironic for a guy who insisted that he was going to restore a sense of dignity, propriety, and work ethic to the Office. Shouldn’t he set the example of hard work and responsibility by staying visibly at the helm? After all, he’s going to have plenty of time on the ranch if he so chooses after 2008. Eight good years of work shouldn’t be too much to ask from a guy who campaigned for the job in the first place.