August 17, 2008
Something you might not be aware of:
George W. Bush's presidency will end up lasting about 2922 days. There are about 156 left to go, so we've managed to survive 2766 thus far.
Guess how many Dubya has spent on vacation?
That's right, nine hundred and nineteen days of vacation in just over seven years.
That's right, our dear leader has been on vacation fully 1/3 of his time in office. That would make the French and their infamous mid-summer hiatuses blush.
Of course, I guess we could spin it as a good thing -- I mean, how bad things might have got if he had cut those vacation days down to 800 or even 400?
Instead of asking McCain and Obama what role religion plays in their life or who they might put in what Cabinet position, maybe we should just ask if they are going to put in a full work week -- and maybe a weekend here and there -- once in office.
(Note: These numbers are in a large part drawn from Maureen Dowd's column today, so don't blame me -- or be all that surprised -- if the math is off.)
By the way, in case you were wondering, he president's on vacation today.