"Instead, by happenstance Martin, the president and a Secret Service agent trolled for bass Friday afternoon. They rode in Martin's 21-foot boat, powered by a 250-horsepower engine, but in the small ranch pond, they used the boat's outboard trolling engine, Martin said in an interview.The Lies.com link to [ random acts of alex ] provided a nice comparison of presidential vacationing:
``The president was very relaxed,'' Martin said.
The unexpected Friday footage came as the crew was filming at the pond and Bush ``came motoring down'' in his pickup to chat, Martin said. They discussed the next day's scheduled shoot.
At about 5:30 p.m., Bush looked at his watch and said he had time to ``make a couple casts, so we jumped into the boat real quick.''
Iraq didn't come up. ``He didn't really talk about politics at all,'' Martin said. ``He was just relieved to have a minute to fish.''
The TV host said Bush is ``a very accomplished fisherman. He handled the tackle really well and caught three fish,'' Martin said. ``He complains he doesn't fish there enough; so he misses that a lot.''
They floated on the pond for about 1 hours. White House aides told Martin that ``things were kind of calmed down'' in Iraq and that prospects were good for another session Saturday."
"Here's how an excerpt from a recent Washington Post article summarized Bush's vacations:And this, led me to [decided this deserved its own posting]: White House Releases Pre- 9/11 Intel Memo - April 10, 2004, the now infamous President's Daily Brief (PDB) for August 6, 2001. You'll have to follow the link to see it; I can't figure out how to cut and paste excerpts. But, it's short anyway.
This is Bush's 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.
To put that into perspective, out of each year, Bush is officially on vacation an average of almost five months. How does that rank with other presidents? After a little research, I found this:
Bush isn't the first president to get away from his work. George Bush Sr. took all or part of 543 vacation days at Camp David and in Kennebunkport. Ronald Reagan spent 335 days at or en route to his Santa Barbara, California, ranch during his eight years in office. Of recent presidents, Jimmy Carter took the least days off -- only 79 days, which he usually spent at his home in Georgia. That's less than three weeks a year, which is closer to the average American's paid time off of 13 days per year.
What about Clinton? As of December 1999, President Bill Clinton had spent only 152 days on holiday during his two terms, according to CBS News. A former staffer noted Clinton was such a workaholic that 'it almost killed Clinton to take one-week vacations during August.'"