Republicans Can’t Stop Lying about Obama’s Vacations

Obama is not going to Paris for July 4th, and at 31 months in office, he’d had 61 days ‘off’ vs. Bush’s 180 days away

Bush crashes a Segway while on vacation at Kennebunkport in June 2003
Bush crashes a Segway while on vacation at Kennebunkport in June 2003
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 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.


  • July 3, 2012 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s amazing to me the way these guys attack Obama for things he isn’t even doing (like taking a lot of vacation time.) It’s like I heard Chris Hayes say on his show the other day: “We’re living the post-fact era of politics.” It just doesn’t matter, at all, to these people what’s true.

  • Marshall Gage
    September 8, 2012 - 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I think the point is that while Pres. Bush spent a considerable amount of time at his Texas ranch, the cost associated with that as compared to the cost of Pres. Obama’s and his family’s vacations is considerably lower than that of Obama and his family. If Obama were to be making trips home as Bush did, there would not be the outcry that you are hearing. But you aren’t biased, are you? Yes, I am biased. I am a former democrat fed up with what is going on. I am not a journalist. I have no responsibilty to be unbiased. You, on the other hand are a disgrace. Report the truth! If you remember how.

  • Zachary Brown
    September 28, 2012 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    First of all, I live in Illinois (Democratic State), and I am a Junior in High School, which should explain a few things. Anyway, I was at school where I heard a bunch of idiots talking about how great Bush was and attacked Obama for THIS EXACT REASON! I knew for a fact that Bush was a Record Holder for this kind of stuff so I checked it out.

    I got what I expected, next week I will go and shove a copy of this Web Page RIGHT UP THEIR BUT >:D

  • September 30, 2012 - 5:57 pm | Permalink

    The time spent at “the ranch” Bush was working he was literally wired to the white house and actually had dignataries from other countries meet him there instead of washington so it did not cost the taxpayers anything. Those days were actually working days they were not days off the days at camp david also are working days as the president is working away from the white house. Now you may want to consider the + rounds of golf that Obam has played each being at least a day off so Obama has had 17 vacations plus 100+ rounds of golf in 3.5 years I am pretty sure that puts him in the lead for the least amount of days actually worked by a president. I do also find it very interesting that these liberal columnists leave out all the finer points so that the American youth like Z. B. who posted before me can be taken by the lies and deceit Z.B. your being a Junior in High school does say a lot what also says a lot is that you are easy led by lies and deceit. Lookup the 25 things Obama does not want you to know and see what comes up see the things he is not telling you go on his website and see that he will not tell you what his plans are for the future of the country he just tells you what he wants you to believe about romney then go to romneys sight and get the facts.

    • Madison
      October 1, 2012 - 4:25 am | Permalink

      Edert Tbone – How can you type with all that drool on your keyboard? When Pres. Obama travels, he has all the same connections that Bush did. The difference is that Bush took over 1,000 days off, at a cost of over $100 million to taxpayers. Bush probably loved going to Camp David because he used to do cocaine there in the early ’90s when his father was president, according to his sister-in-law Sharon Bush.

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  • Military man
    January 11, 2013 - 6:48 am | Permalink

    Fist off why is president Bush’s ranch a “fake” ranch? Secondly being from Texas I know how much better it is than our nations capital. I’ve visited twice and have on both occasions been fed up with rude civilians. Just asking for directions or where a good place to eat would be… Can’t say I blame the president And in closing. Didnt Obama rent the Taj Mahal ? Just sayin

    • January 11, 2013 - 7:35 am | Permalink

      Were there any animals on the “ranch?” We know that cowboy Bush was terrified of horses. I don’t remember ever seeing cattle in any of the photo ops either.

      And, no, Obama did not rent the Taj Mahal. That was propaganda spread by that half-witted liar, Michele Bachmann.

  • January 11, 2013 - 7:22 am | Permalink

    Military man, Bush’s ranch was a fake because he bought it while running for president and abandoned it immediately after leaving office. The entire purpose of his Crawford “ranch” was to serve as a photographic background for a story Bush successfully pitched about being a man of the people and not one of the sons (the dumber one) of a patrician political family that wouldn’t know brush clearing from supermarket scanning. There is an excellent documentary called “Crawford” that tells the whole story. Check your local library or Amazon.

  • WarmOldMan
    March 23, 2013 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    By this article Bush spent 127 million dollars, I agree that is a great deal of money but Obama and family spent 1.4 billion last year alone so the half wits are those of you that rail against the GOP without doing a bit of research

  • Madison
    March 27, 2013 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    You Obama haters just can’t stop lying, can you, WarmOldMan?

  • Angela
    June 18, 2013 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    All you have to do is flip on the old tube. The Obamas are landing somewhere constantly. To say any group is spreading lies is really false reporting. Hello earth to this idiot so called journalist, we all see whats going on. Oh maybe if you keep reporting these crap stories we will all warp into Obamaites. Wow just cant understand how people can become so brainwashed. Well all I can say to these Obama loving journalists is: Your rights as journalists are slowly being infringed. Dont come crying to those of us who tried to warn you.

  • July 4, 2013 - 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas — with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4 with a reception organized by various fundraising heavy-hitters. Independence Day fundraisers in Paris – now that’s a flag-waving campaign.

    The Obama campaign will host events in Geneva, Switzerland in August as part of their “European outreach effort.” George Clooney will headline a fundraiser there, with 150 tickets going for $20,000 per piece. There’s even more to the bargain: if you go as a couple, the second ticket is half-off!

  • July 4, 2013 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    The truth will set you free and you here wouldn’t know it if it hit you upside the head!

    • July 9, 2013 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

      It’s not just the lying, Tim Cobb, it’s the stupid, easily checkable lying.

  • George Steele
    November 16, 2013 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Documented evidence, referenced – not opinion. Try facts for aa change instead of Kool-Aid.

    • November 19, 2013 - 10:18 am | Permalink

      George Steele – the info at the link you posted is a pack of lies, not just Kool-Aid, it’s Jim Jones Brand Kool Aid brewed in Guyana.

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