As of August of last year, President Obama had taken 92 vacation days. This comes to about four weeks a year. Four or five weeks of vacation per year is not an outlandish amount of vacation for a chief executive.
At a similar point in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken 367 days of vacation. This was one of the many topics about which Mr Bush was justly derided by Democrats. Four or five weeks vacation may be typical but 16 weeks is certainly pushing it.
President Obama was on vacation for 26 days during his first year in office (2009). Ronald Reagan spent 42 days on vacation during his first year in office (1981). President George H.W. Bush was on vacation less than his son, 40 days, in 1989, his first year in office. President Obama was on vacation less in his first year in office than the previous three Republican Presidents.
Republicans generally downplayed comments about G. W. Bush’s vacationing. He certainly did need a rest from sleeping at the wheel during 9/11, studiously ignoring the Afghan War, providing excellent mismanagement to the Iraq Occupation, striving mightily to gut Social Security, cheerleading the bungled response to Katrina, and providing spectacularly anemic leadership in the face of a recession.
To achieve failure at such a grand old scale, a Republican President requires a lot of rest and relaxation.