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August 18, 2011


Obama Begins His Summer Vacation

President Obama leaves today for a 10-day summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard but once again faces Republican criticism that he's taking time off while the country faces tremendous problems, the Boston Globe reports.

The Chicago Sun Times notes that this is Obama's ninth vacation since taking office and has spent all or part of 38 days on vacation away from the White House. He has also made 14 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 32 days, for a total of 70 days.

In contrast, former President George W. Bush, at this point in his first term, had made 14 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 102 days and also made 40 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 123 days. His vacation total at this point in his presidency was all or part of 225 days away.












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