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Infiniti2001
Aug 22nd, 2005, 12:41 AM
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Visits to Crawford outpacing Reagan
By Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker, Washington Post | August 3, 2005

WACO, Texas -- President Bush is getting the kind of break most Americans can only dream of -- 33 days away from the office, loaded with vacation time.The president departed yesterday for his longest stretch away from the White House, arriving at his Crawford ranch in the evening for five weeks of clearing brush, visiting with family and friends, and tending to some outside-the-Beltway politics. By historical standards, 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 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 this 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. The more vociferous among Bush's foes have noted that he spent a month at the ranch shortly before the 9/11 attacks, when critics assert he should have been more attentive to warning signs.

To Bush and his advisers, that criticism fundamentally misunderstands his Texas sojourns. Those who think he does not remain in command, aides say, do not understand the modern presidency or Bush's own work habits. At the ranch, White House officials say, Bush continues to receive daily national security briefings, sign documents, hold teleconferences with aides and military commanders, and even meet with foreign leaders. And from the president's point of view, the long Texas stints are the best way to clear his mind and reconnect with everyday America.

''I'm looking forward to getting down there and just kind of settling in," Bush told reporters from Texas newspapers during a Monday interview at the White House.

Just as Bush has made these August trips a regular feature of his presidency, so, too, have Democrats made a tradition of needling him about them. This year, opposition politicians are tying his departure from Washington to the CIA leak case that has swept up his top adviser, Karl Rove.

Until now, probably no modern president was a more famous vacationer than Ronald Reagan. According to an Associated Press count, Reagan spent all or part of 335 days at his Santa Barbara ranch over his eight-year presidency -- a total that Bush will surpass this month in Crawford with 3 1/2 years left in his second term.

His *s* can find time to ride with Lance Armstrong, but he can't spear Cindy Sheehan 5 lousy stinking minutes

SelesFan70
Aug 22nd, 2005, 01:19 AM
:banana: Yay for Bush being to work while on vacation! Is this all the liberals can come up with? Do better! He's so open on so many issues! :smash:

1. Illegal immigration
2. Gay marriage
3. Growing government programs

Oh, wait...the liberals love #3 and could care less about #1. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Ted of Teds Tennis
Aug 22nd, 2005, 02:17 AM
Well, Bush already met Cindy Sheehan a year ago.

And if Bush wants to spend the rest of his term away from the White House and doing business from the ranch in Crawford, I don't have a problem with it. The idea that the President can only do his job by being in the White House is just silly.

Infiniti2001
Aug 22nd, 2005, 02:24 AM
Well, Bush already met Cindy Sheehan a year ago.



He met with her briefly in a formal reception-type setting well over a year ago when she was still in shock over her son's death , and BEFORE the Downing Street memos , and numerous other revelations about all of the foundations for the war being false. She has a valid question: What noble cause did her son die for? :shrug:

Scotso
Aug 22nd, 2005, 02:27 AM
Oh please, we all know that he doesn't do anything, even when he's in the White House.

SelesFan70
Aug 22nd, 2005, 02:51 AM
Oh please, we all know that he doesn't do anything, even when he's in the White House.

Laura's the real boss! ;)

kiwifan
Aug 22nd, 2005, 03:26 AM
Not that I'm all about defending Dubya, but really this is kinda lame. With modern technology there are very few things that he has to be sitting in the Oval Office to accomplish.

Its not like he's sitting on the beach listening to his walkman whenever he's on vacation...

...he's usually riding bikes with Lance and listening to his walkman. :p

decemberlove
Aug 22nd, 2005, 03:28 AM
Not that I'm all about defending Dubya, but really this is kinda lame. With modern technology there are very few things that he has to be sitting in the Oval Office to accomplish.


I have to agree. Also, he has his people to do the real work for him. :p

JustineTime
Aug 22nd, 2005, 04:59 AM
Not to worry, liberal peeps! :) The "button" is still at arm's length! ;) :p

Bush is ON IT! :bounce:

:timebomb:

:yeah:

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:10 AM
:banana: Yay for Bush being to work while on vacation! Is this all the liberals can come up with? Do better! He's so open on so many issues! :smash:

1. Illegal immigration
2. Fag marriage
3. Growing government programs

Oh, wait...the liberals love #3 and could care less about #1. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

i'm confused. i cant tell if this is really bad sarcasm or if you are actually serious :scared:

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:15 AM
ruining what was a growing economy is hard work. making the world hate america is hard work. hell being on vacation the entire month before 9/11 is hard work.

the man needs a vacation from sending america to hell. and frankly the less time he spends ruining and destroying america, i mean "working", the better.
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Visits to Crawford outpacing Reagan
By Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker, Washington Post | August 3, 2005

WACO, Texas -- President Bush is getting the kind of break most Americans can only dream of -- 33 days away from the office, loaded with vacation time.The president departed yesterday for his longest stretch away from the White House, arriving at his Crawford ranch in the evening for five weeks of clearing brush, visiting with family and friends, and tending to some outside-the-Beltway politics. By historical standards, 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 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 this 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. The more vociferous among Bush's foes have noted that he spent a month at the ranch shortly before the 9/11 attacks, when critics assert he should have been more attentive to warning signs.

To Bush and his advisers, that criticism fundamentally misunderstands his Texas sojourns. Those who think he does not remain in command, aides say, do not understand the modern presidency or Bush's own work habits. At the ranch, White House officials say, Bush continues to receive daily national security briefings, sign documents, hold teleconferences with aides and military commanders, and even meet with foreign leaders. And from the president's point of view, the long Texas stints are the best way to clear his mind and reconnect with everyday America.

''I'm looking forward to getting down there and just kind of settling in," Bush told reporters from Texas newspapers during a Monday interview at the White House.

Just as Bush has made these August trips a regular feature of his presidency, so, too, have Democrats made a tradition of needling him about them. This year, opposition politicians are tying his departure from Washington to the CIA leak case that has swept up his top adviser, Karl Rove.

Until now, probably no modern president was a more famous vacationer than Ronald Reagan. According to an Associated Press count, Reagan spent all or part of 335 days at his Santa Barbara ranch over his eight-year presidency -- a total that Bush will surpass this month in Crawford with 3 1/2 years left in his second term.

His *s* can find time to ride with Lance Armstrong, but he can't spear Cindy Sheehan 5 lousy stinking minutes

The Crow
Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:56 AM
Not that I'm all about defending Dubya, but really this is kinda lame. With modern technology there are very few things that he has to be sitting in the Oval Office to accomplish.


I agree. I'm sure you can find many better forms of criticism towards Bush ;)

ceiling_fan
Aug 22nd, 2005, 11:00 AM
:lol:

Ems__
Aug 22nd, 2005, 11:24 AM
Oh you guys give the poor guy a break cant you see he really needs it? Shame on you all, this kinda job requires thought, leadership, determination , brains or maybe not...my bad.

spartanfan
Aug 23rd, 2005, 02:15 AM
Well I think it gives a piss poor impression to the rest of the nation and the rest of the world. It gives the impression that he's just jackin off down in TX. How many other hard working Americans can just go on vacation for a five week stretch? I'm sure all the soldiers fighting over in the Middle East love the idea that the so called Commander in Chief has his thumb up his ass in Crawford, while they are sweating their asses off, and getting shot at and killed, cause this dumb mother fucker has no respect for anyone but himself and his other rich moral-less money loving hell bound flunkies!

Infiniti2001
Aug 23rd, 2005, 02:52 AM
Well I think it gives a piss poor impression to the rest of the nation and the rest of the world. It gives the impression that he's just jackin off down in TX. How many other hard working Americans can just go on vacation for a five week stretch? I'm sure all the soldiers fighting over in the Middle East love the idea that the so called Commander in Chief has his thumb up his ass in Crawford, while they are sweating their asses off, and getting shot at and killed, cause this dumb mother fucker has no respect for anyone but himself and his other rich moral-less money loving hell bound flunkies!


You know!!! Especially after telling that woman( who works three jobs) he met during his Social Security tour that this is the American way. :rolleyes: