GOP Slams Obama as Vacationing ‘Clark Griswold President’

August 22, 2010

(ChattahBox)—The GOP is continuing its attack on President Obama for taking a much-needed 10-day rest and vacation in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, First lady Michelle and his two daughters, Sasha and Malia. In the wake of vicious right-wing hysteria when Michelle Obama took a short trip to Spain with daughter Sasha, labeling the Fist Lady “Maria Antoinette,” the Republican National Committee has continued in this vein, mockingly referring to Obama, as “the Clark Griswold president.” Never mind that at the same time in George Bush’s first term, he had already taken 115 vacation days, compared to Obama’s 48.

The Washington Post, noted ‘the issue of whether presidents deserve time off appears to appeal only to the most vociferous partisans on either side. Yet, the false notion that President Obama vacations too much, compared to past presidents, or that he somehow doesn’t deserve a break, seems to be resonating with Republican voters.

“But this year, more so than last, political opponents are trying to hang a question over the visit: Does President Obama deserve a vacation? The Republican National Committee has taken to calling Obama “the Clark Griswold president,” a mocking reference to the Chevy Chase character in National Lampoon’s “Vacation” movies. With unemployment claims climbing again, the GOP was hoping its criticism would have a certain national resonance. And maybe it will. One potential complication: Obama has spent far less time on vacation than his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, had at this point in his presidency.”

As noted by Steve Benen, of the Political Animal, this attack on the President by the GOP, for taking a summer vacation with his family, is not only mean spirited and petty, but hypocritical.

“George W. Bush presided over two recessions, two wars, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina — but he still managed to take more time off than any president in modern history.” [...]

“Before 2000, the president with the most vacation time in the modern era was Reagan. Bush not only beat Reagan’s record, he did so with 17 months to spare. Spanning his two terms, Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, and 490 days at a ranch in Crawford. That’s a total of 977 days — about a third of his overall presidency.” [...]

“And Republicans are going after Obama’s down time? Seriously?”

Indeed.

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