Saturday, August 20, 2005

Presidents Need Vacation Too

According to the Daily Pick, President Bush broke the record for presidential vacation days on Friday August 19th, when he enjoyed his 335th day of holiday at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

The record was previously held by former Republican president, Ronald Reagan, who accomplished the feat over two complete terms. However, President Bush impressively overcame the gipper in almost half the time: four and a half years.

Although it's easy to criticize the president for taking so much time off, most of the critics are those who contend that the president doesn't do much on the job either, which, from what I've read about the president, is largely true.

President Bush has had an impressive agenda from the time he set foot in office in January of 2001; he's waged two wars, he's repealed executive orders, and he's implemented huge tax cuts. However, this is mostly the work of his administration, not the boss man himself. He does not dominate cabinet meetings the way his two predecessors did, (although, ironically, very similar to the previous vacationer: Ronald Reagan). and he is often reluctant to spend time examining different solutions to problems or issues. According to Paul O'Neill, the former treasury secretary, Bush during cabinet meetings is "like a blind man in a room full of deaf people".

Has Bush surrounded himself with enough smart people to do the dirty work? Have they been effective? If they have been, than he's a genius. If they haven't, then go to any liberal blogger and they'll be happy to tell you that he's a failure.


At 12:32 PM, Blogger wfoley said...

He may not dominate cabinet meetings. But he has found a way to push through his agenda. Knowing how to delegate is key to managing. I think Bush has demonstrated that one can be an effective manager and a terrible president.


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