We’ve seen some silly notions about this president circulate in social media and cable news, but the latest attack meme — that Obama is taking too much vacation time — is nothing less than an assault on math.
President George W. Bush took 879 days of vacation time during the eight years he was in office — an astounding 30% of his presidency. According to the Washington Post, as of August 15th Barack Obama had taken 150 days of vacation in the five years and seven months he has been president, or roughly 7% of his presidency.
Using second grade addition and subtraction skills, anyone can determine for themselves that Obama is at least 719 days behind George W. Bush in his bid to become the most vacationing president ever. And he’d better hurry up if that’s really his goal, because he only has 880 days left in office.
Seriously, we’ve seen Republicans read jokes off their teleprompters about Obama using a teleprompter, but we’ve never seen at attack meme this dumb before. The notion that journalist James Foley’s killer will be identified more easily, or that airstrikes on ISIL will be more effective, just because Obama isn’t playing golf? That’s just stupid.
The Bush administration was characterized by a malign neglect of disasters that it created, and the so-called Islamic State is just one more unintentional byproduct of that idiotic decision to invade a country that had never attacked the United States to remove a regime that, despite its evils, was at least a bulwark against exactly this kind of Islamic terrorism.
Whatever his faults, President Obama isn’t the one making simplistic jingo statements into a camera and then asking us to watch him hit a golf ball while his administration bungles the invasion and occupation of a Middle Eastern country.