Presidential Vacations and the Abject Failure of American Journalism

Well, the Grifter in Chief Sarah Palin is reported as being oh so critical of President of Obama for taking a little short vacation with his family.

On the president’s vacation to the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts beginning Thursday, Palin said Obama is “very, very tone deaf” for continuing with his vacation because of economic problems facing the country.

Asked if he should go, Palin responded “I wouldn’t if I were he, especially to Martha’s Vineyard,” and added, “I think he will hear from enough Americans that he will come back early.”

Palin: Obama ‘very tone deaf’ with vacation

In all seriousness, if you are an American citizen and you actually believe or put any weight in any word that comes out of the mouth of this con artist and grifter, you really need counseling and help.

I guess the real question is, why do the mainstream news outlets even cover what this person does? She clearly has no intention or chance of seriously running for the office of the president. Her bus tour is clearly nothing but a self-serving publicity campaign, aimed at trying to keep her rapidly receding presence before the American people until she can find the next television of cable network willing to give her a couple million dollars to produce a TV show that no one will watch, and that will vanish into oblivion. I do hope the folks at the The Learning Channel learned a lesson on that one. I am sure all of you rushed right out to see her recently released biographical epic movie, right? P.T. Barnum, your spirit is not dead.

At least someone at CBS News got the silly idea into their head of actually doing, you know, investigative journalism and reporting some actual facts. Emphasis added.

There has been criticism of the president’s vacation at this time. But how does the number of vacation days the president has spent compare to his predecessors? CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller has kept track of presidential vacations for years and supplied the data.

So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days.

To be fair, a presidential vacation away from the White House is not the same as a vacation for the average person. The president is still in contact with his advisers and on call for any emergency.

Presidential vacations: How does Obama compare?


Author: Ron