Can anyone see a connection with President Obama’s heavy vacation schedule with the famous line in Mel Brooks’ nutty 1981 movie, “History of the World, Part 1”? Mel portrayed a gussied-up French monarch of the 18th Century, who proclaimed, “It’s good to be king.” Maybe the boast also applies to Presidents.
All Presidents need time away from the burdens of office, such as FDR’s trips to Warm Springs GA and Eisenhower’s famous Palm Springs CA golf vacations. However, the press seems to call it a vacation every time President Obama leaves his desk to step outside for a breath of fresh air.
According to people who follow such statistics, he’s had six vacations, totalling 40 days s0 far this year. This doesn’t include frequent quick trips on Air Force One to political rallies to such glamor spots as Las Vegas, Hollywood and Hawaii.
While 40 days in less than eight months may seem excessive to many who go to jobs every day, the President isn’t the only worker who gets lots of vacation time. Members of the Armed Forces and government employees get 30 days annually, plus ten holidays.
Teachers and college profs get up to 60 days, although their salaries are for a year, making vacations seem like no-pay time. Topping the heavy vacation list was the recently revealed report about officials of the small Los Angeles County city of Bell. Several, including the grossly-overpaid city manager and police chief, voted themselves more than 200 annual paid vacation and sick days. Move over, Mr. President!