August 22, 2011


Give the President a Break

David Frum: "Almost nothing in American politics drives more people to say more ridiculous things than the subject of presidential summer vacations... The president of the United States never gets a vacation, not really. The nuclear football follows wherever the president goes. He receives the daily intelligence briefing every morning, including Christmas. The decisions never stop, the cares of state never lighten, the burden of responsibility is never lifted."

"When a president goes 'on vacation,' here's what happens: 1) He or she is spared the ceremonial parts of the job: the state dinners, the meetings with the girl who sold the most Girl Scout cookies that year, that kind of thing; 2) The other members of the first family are liberated from living inside the White House, aptly described by Harry Truman as 'the crown jewel of the federal prison system.'"










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