It’s hard work – Bush has taken 418 vacation days, that’s nine weeks a year

[NOTE FROM JOHN: Bush has been taking 9 weeks a year vacation. That’s more than the French, who get around 6 weeks a year. Nine weeks a year, folks. On your dime. No wonder the Iraqi parliament is taking the month off – they’ve learned from the best.]

That’s why George W. Bush is on track to break the Ronald Reagan’s record for taking the most paid time off on your dime. I guess you could look at it this way — the more he’s on vacation, the less damage he can do to the country. (Houston Chronicle):

On Thursday, Bush left for a weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine, and his family’s summer compound, Walker’s Point. On Monday, he heads to his Crawford retreat, where he has spent all or part of 418 days of his presidency, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House correspondent and meticulous record-keeper.

…The presidential vacation-time record holder is the late Ronald Reagan, who tallied 436 days in his two terms. At 418 days, and with 17 months to go in his presidency, Bush is going to beat that easily.

…A recent survey by Yahoo Hot Jobs found nearly half of American workers did not take all of their vacation days last year.

Nice to know he’s getting tanned, rested and ready while men and women are working in 110-degree heat in Iraq and getting blasted by IEDs.

Remember, the president also told Nebraska resident Mary Mornin, in her late 50s, and raising three kids — one mentally challenged this in 2005:

MS. MORNIN: That’s good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.

THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?

MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)

Listen to that classic here.

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