There may never be a good time to take a vacation when you’re president. But the last couple of weeks made for particularly bad timing.
Now, as President Obama prepares to return from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the commander-in-chief might very well want a vacation from his vacation, which was more notable for its many interruptions than its relaxation -- that is, unless you’re counting the president’s many rounds of golf.
The president held multiple news conferences -- and in an unusual fashion, even broke from his vacation for a two-day trip back to Washington -- as he addressed the developing crises in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo.
But Obama is just the latest in a long line of presidents to adopt the “working vacation.”
“Early on, when vacations began to get criticism -- for example, during the Eisenhower administration -- the press secretary, Jim Haggerty, invented the phrase ‘working vacation,’” Larry Knutson, author of the new book “Away From the White House:Read More »from Vacationer-in-chief? How Obama’s R&R stacks up to other presidents