So must be the thinking of our apparently overworked Prez.
While all hell is breaking loose in Iraq, the commander in chief is hanging out at ‘the ranch’ watching some TV, making a few phone calls, and giving personal tours to some of his biggest donors, including the president of the National Rifle Association. Sure, sure, everyone needs some time off, but according to a tally by CBS Nwes, Bush has spent more than 40% of his time as president on vacation!
This is Bush’s 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.
In fact, Bush was on his ranch on Aug. 6, 2001, when he received an intelligence briefing that was mentioned in Condi Rice’s testimony to the 9-11 commission yesterday with the title “Bin Laden determined to attack inside United States”. After a tough day of clearin brush on the ranch though, it’s hard to focus on things like briefings concerning national security!
Of course, Condi said that Aug. 6th memo wasn’t really that big a deal, mostly ‘historical information’ and nothing ‘actionable’. Two questions about that from the peanut gallery:
Is the title of every Presidential security briefing memo usually filled with such un-important historical info?
Several times, Condi said there was no ‘actionable’ information in the terrorist chatter during the Summer of 2001. Do the terrorists usually spell out a specific time, place, method of destruction, self descriptions, color of their shoes, and where they’ll be dining for breakfast beforehand in this ‘chatter’? Otherwise, I don’t see how anything the CIA/FBI/NSA picks up from terrorists is ‘actionable’.
Just a few things there Jenny and I were talking about last night after listening to parts of her testimony.
To sum up our president’s attendance history though, in my opinion, the only people who should be spending close to 50% of their time on vacation – ‘working vacation’ or not – are editors for travel magazines.
It’s been a full week of political weblog posts here, but there’s been an awful lot happening in that area over the past 5-7 days, I’ll even it out a bit next week :)