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(Washington Post)   President Bush has spent 42% of his term on vacation   ( divider line
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2002-09-03 02:33:16 PM  
And the rest of the term 'out to lunch'.
2002-09-03 03:02:57 PM  
I keep hearing the sound of a toilet flushing.
2002-09-03 03:17:05 PM  
But its a "working" vacation. who elected this village idiot anyway?
2002-09-03 03:19:32 PM  
More time on vacay == less time plotting a violation of internation law.

Frankly, he can stay at the ranch.

Besides, Dickie's in charge anyhoo. They generally leave the operation of complicated machines, like the Federal Government, in the hands of competant adults.
2002-09-03 03:23:17 PM  
Did you people expect anything more? I can only hope he won't get re-elected....

2002-09-03 03:29:53 PM  
The longer he's on vacation, the less chance he has at being a dumbass.

He's just like Zaphod Beeblebrox sometimes.
2002-09-03 03:49:27 PM  
Wish I could spend 42% of my time on vacation....
2002-09-03 03:54:21 PM  
where is the obvious tag - oh wait dumbass would be better seeing that we are at war with the world

oh well im with Meshman - wwwwwwooooooooooossssshhhhhhh
2002-09-03 04:12:15 PM  
Obligatory conservative whine:
"Yes, but how much of his time has he spent being unfaithful to his wife?"

Along those lines, Wabbitoid and Chick3_16 is this commentary from Jim Hightower last week, where Hightower suggests vacations for the president are a good thing. (Site is having server trouble/overload at the moment, but it will come around before too long.)
2002-09-03 04:14:22 PM  
Excerpt from the Jim Hightower link:

the criticism stung Bush so much that his aides now say that he really only took a "working vacation," rather than kicking back and doing nothing.

This is not good for America. Think about it. When W works, he tends to do bad things, such as gutting existing environmental laws so his polluting campaign contributors can put more of their toxic gunk into our air and water. When he works, he's trouble.
2002-09-03 04:50:52 PM  
at least he's not laying off 500 people and taking bonuses.... er, wait.
2002-09-03 05:33:45 PM  
Not a surprise to me.

Too bad we can't link to the NY Times... In the last two weeks in two separate articles in the op/ed section, Bush and his administration have been warned by former National Security Advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski & James Baker III, that the current policy on the middle east combined with the threat of starting a war with Iraq is a simple-minded mistake that could threaten an already unstable geo-political balance of power.

I'm sick of thinking about this tool. I had a dream the other night that my girlfriend and I were walking in a rocky, sun-drenched desert, when we came upon a weathered old shack. Just outside the shack, with his back turned to us, was a man in a blue nylon jogging suit. We said hello, and as the man turned, we saw that it was none other than George W. Bush. He looked seaty, embarrassed and suspicious, we had caught him trying to break into this shack. When he spoke, he said only that his name was Ricardo Montalban.
The dream skipped slightly forward to sunset in the same high desert, where out in the middle of nowhere, my gf and I were sitting in two chairs in front of a little table on which sat a little glowing television. George W. Bush appeared on the screen, and spoke: "My fellow Americans, I have an announcement I'd like to share with you. I am here before you today to announce that I am, in fact, a Kennedy."

I then awoke to the sound of shattering glass as my cat knocked a scotch tumbler from the bedroom window sill where I had left it the night before.
I'm crappin you negative.
2002-09-03 05:36:03 PM  
2002-09-03 06:53:01 PM  
He's just like Zaphod Beeblebrox sometimes.

And there's the '42' percent as well. Coincidence? I think not..
2002-09-03 07:15:30 PM  

But its a "working" vacation. who elected this village idiot anyway?

The Supreme Court did. My parents are die hard Republicans and even they despise Bush. No way in hell Bush gets re-elected,assuming Gore or Hillary doesn't run.
2002-09-03 07:54:09 PM  
I've been working for the same company for 18yrs and only get 15 days vacation. This corrupt little ass needs an impeachment!
2002-09-03 08:10:48 PM  
But c'mon...he is spending all of that time reading the classics....
2002-09-03 08:12:09 PM  
......and it's all CLINTON'S fault!
2002-09-03 08:12:15 PM  
Warren G. Harding is laughing.
2002-09-03 08:13:17 PM  
Even Bush Sr. good friend Brent Snowcroft (Security advisor under Bush Sr.) has come out against Gulf War II: The Revenge. Some times I wonder if these high opinion polls aren't rigged some how.
2002-09-03 08:13:25 PM  
So he prefers to work from his ranch than from the White House? What's the big deal. It's not like he's just sitting back with a rum and coke under a beach umbrella for half his presidency. I love how President Bush is "on vacation at his Texas Ranch" while Clinton was "visiting Camp David to meet with advisors". Of course, both were/are doing the same thing. Love that unbiased media.
2002-09-03 08:14:24 PM  
a disgrace to the country... not that I wouldn't do it too if I could get away with it
2002-09-03 08:14:48 PM  
Garvin, sit on it.
2002-09-03 08:15:46 PM  
Guess you could put it this way. Atleast he hasn't spent 42% of his term with someone under his desk...unless that's where Dick Cheyney's secret hiding spot is?
2002-09-03 08:16:50 PM  
He's just like Zaphod Beeblebrox sometimes.

Except for the fact that Zaphod was actually cool.
2002-09-03 08:17:28 PM  
Bush just spent all of that time hiding from Ashcroft...even he is scared of him.
2002-09-03 08:18:30 PM  
Going to Camp David shouldn't count as a vacation. It's just the White House in the mountains. The Post is showing its leftist bias again (what about the stats for the other Presidents? We're left wondering what's "normal" for a sitting President). I do remember that Clinton and his family toured the world more than any other President in history.

What does it mean? Nothing. Bush is no Einstein, but I voted for him and I'm glad that Gore's not the President.

On Iraq, I don't think we have enough "cause" to go after Saddam, yet (at least nothing that's been released to the public). I think it's important to build a coalition just like G.H.W. Bush did before we take any action. Let's just keep in mind that all those former advisors who are speaking out against invading Iraq are the same ones who left the job unfinished in the first place.
2002-09-03 08:18:33 PM  
don't forget about the cocaine.
2002-09-03 08:18:45 PM  
No, Code, they're not rigged - people are just idiots.
2002-09-03 08:19:46 PM  

Okay, where do you want it dropped off?
2002-09-03 08:23:11 PM  
Considering the amount of damage he does with the remaining %58, this is a good thing.

"Bush has raised $114.8 million this year at 48 GOP events, surpassing Clinton's record of $105 million in 2000 from 203 events."

There's his working vacation, fundraising for the Republican party. Sorry if I don't consider that doing the country's business. To those people who want to criticize my vote for Nader, notice that the above quote shows that Clinton was just as bad about whoring himself out.
2002-09-03 08:24:05 PM  
don't worry, his daddy has everything under control.
2002-09-03 08:25:57 PM  
Laziest. President. Ever!

No, really! It isn't a headline I made up -- there are actual articles about it just before 9/11 which rag on Bush for being the laziest president ever in the history of the U.S..

Kind of like how Rudy was just another hypocrit that everyone hated before 9/11.

Outstanding, two zings in one post! I can feel my liberal muscle (oxymoron?) growing!
2002-09-03 08:28:18 PM  
Ebell: Huge farking difference between building a coalition and alienating all other nations to the "rogue state" as we're called by most other countries now.

2002-09-03 08:28:20 PM  
that last one was really more of a 'burn' than a zing.
2002-09-03 08:28:49 PM  
The opinion polls are not rigged, but think about it this way, In light of what is going on today, where anyone may be suspected of being a terrorist, and big brother seems to be watching everywhere....
You get a phone call around dinner time.
"Hi this is so and so, and we are taking an opinion poll about YOUR president."
"um, ok"
"Do you like the president?"
"Um, Yes?"
"Do you think he is doing a good job?
"um, yes?...?"
"Thank you, nothing further"
2002-09-03 08:29:31 PM  
Wow Ebell you are one of the few people I have seen who will actually admit to having voted for the moron.
And I feel I need to remind you that the reason that we stopped short of conquering Iraq was because we were victims of our own success. The "Highway of Death" incident where we decimated the retreating Iraqi forces along a stretch of high way leaving Kuwait. after seeing the aftermath of that the joint chiefs knew they were not going to be able to keep the coalition forces together. The coalition had no problems with the Iraqi army being removed from Kuwait, but many of the arab partners were balking at removing Saddam Husein. Continuing after that incident would have caused the coalition to fall apart.
2002-09-03 08:29:32 PM  
get a grip...he hosted President Fox of Mexico at his ranch as well as Prime Minister Putin of Russia....and I guarantee you that his 115 days at Camp David had very little do do with R & R.....I don't mind if you bash the guy, just bash him based on real issues - not this bullshiat.
2002-09-03 08:30:10 PM  
He was probably passed out after having had a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster...
2002-09-03 08:31:52 PM  
Lets not forget that Shrub does not like to work past five, and is not allowed to be woken up in the middle of the night.
2002-09-03 08:32:09 PM  
What a coincidence, I try to spend 42% of my vacation on bush.
2002-09-03 08:33:39 PM  
Bush has raised $114.8 million this year at 48 GOP events, surpassing Clinton's record of $105 million in 2000 from 203 events.

2002-09-03 08:34:20 PM  
If Bush goes on vacation, it is like the Queen of England going on holiday--it's not like the person really in charge isn't still at the wheel.

The important question is how many days has President Cheney been on vacation? (Do you count the days hidden away in his underground lair?)
2002-09-03 08:34:23 PM  
The part of his fundraising that pisses me off is that the tax payers foot the bill. In all of the GOP biatching about wasteful spending, why don't they eliminate this loophole that lets te Pres bill his travel if he gives a fiftenn minute speech at a school before his two hour fundraiser? And how much do those Orwellian backdrops cost me?

What we need is a Presidential employee handbook. How about ten days of vacation for the first term and twelve if elected again. Also, if elected to a second term , he gets his birthday off. All travel expenses have to be submitted to accounting where they will be examined. All personal costs, including long distance phone calls will be charged against his paycheck.

I hate that these asshats get to do whatever they want, keep it secret from the public and bill it to me. (and yes, it pisses me off when Dems do it too.)
2002-09-03 08:34:32 PM  
Vacation or not, I doubt anything in this nation would be different if Duhbya was in the White House 24-7. Besides he merely acts as a mouthpiece for Rove and Cheney's dogmatism.
2002-09-03 08:35:13 PM  
If you had a job for four years, which you had the opportunity to affect the world, wouldn't it be wise to take your vacation days after your term?

Take whatever your "dream job " would be.... say, NASCAR driver. If someone was to front the money and training to get you competing a professional level for one year, would you be sitting out races, or would you be there competing in every single one?

GWB is sitting out 42% of his 'races'.

Oh well, he'll be a one term-er... just like his daddy! Good riddance!
2002-09-03 08:36:28 PM  
hey for everyday clinton spent being president he spent 2 days at fundraisers or in transit to a fundraiser. spending millions of dollars in secret service overtime and upkeep for air force 1 so the he could raise $200,000 for the DNC. So I doubt either can really claim to have the high road here.
2002-09-03 08:37:22 PM  
His absence from Washington, Vermont, Rhode Island and Hawaii might indicate Republicans have written off those states.

So proud to live in Seattle! Please continue to avoid us, W. Our state's environment and citizens will thank you.
2002-09-03 08:37:54 PM  
Yes, laziest prez ever.
I've read that he only works about 6 hours a day when he's actually in the whitehouse.
2002-09-03 08:38:01 PM  
Maybe Bush has spent all of that time trying to put a condom on.
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