Republicans are obsessed with lying about Pres. Obama’s vacation time. Mainly, they love to trot out the demonstrably false claim that Obama has taken more time off than other presidents. (See below.) But now their latest lie is that the president was planning to abandon the United States on its birthday and jet over to Paris to spend July 4th with his celebrity friends:
The Hollywood Reporter reported last week that Americans living in Europe will have an Independence Day fund-raiser for the Obama campaign. Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com turned that into an item implying, without saying, that Obama himself would be in Europe on the Fourth of July:
[The] Obama campaign is headed overseas — with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4. That also may be the only place Obama can still find cheering throngs.
National Review’s Andrew McCarthy (not that Andrew McCarthy) linked to the item to assert that Obama himself would be in Paris on July 4. Karl Rove tweeted it. And now this has become one of those “facts” that Republican partisans know to be true but won’t be reported by the lying MSM.
Joel Mathis informed McCarthy that his item is utterly false. McCarthy, characteristically, did not care, though I suspect his editors will.
Meanwhile back in the real world:
Mr. Obama, like last year, will celebrate Independence Day with military families he’s invited to the White House for a barbeque, concert and a chance to view fireworks from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Romney, meanwhile, will participate in a parade with his family in Wolfeboro, N.H. The former Massachusetts governor has an estate in Wolfeboro where the Romney family is vacationing this week.
The idea that Obama — or any president — has taken more time off than George W. Bush should be laughable with anyone who a) was awake and paying attention to events from January 2001 to January 2009 and b) has a conscience. It was well known then that George Bush hated his job, hated Washington and, especially, hated the White House. He greatly preferred his fake ranch in Texas, and flew there whenever it was possible.
Those who are old enough to remember the 2000ses may recall that Bush was on vacation in August 2001 when he was warned by the CIA that Bin Laden was determined to strike the U.S.. He was also on vacation when the city of New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
This source says Bush had 967 days away from the White House during his eight years in office, which means he was on vacation 32 percent of the time he was on the taxpayers’ payroll. This included 77 vacations totaling 490 days at his “ranch” in Texas, which cost taxpayers at least $124 million, as well as 487 days at Camp David. This does not include his trips to Kennebunkport, or his wife’s and daughters’ trips overseas, like, for example, Jenna and Barbara’s drunken rampage in Argentina in 2006.
By contrast, Ronald Reagan, the previous modern record-holder, spent 463 days on vacation during his two terms.
Obama has taken 17 vacations in his three years in office. As of last August, he had taken 61 vacation days off. At that same point in their presidencies — 31 months in office — George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch; Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch and Bill Clinton had taken just 28 days off.