President, New Orleans and Gulf Coast., FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2003, file photo, President George W. Bush reacts to a reporter's question as to whether he has gained weight on his vacation, prior to ... more 
President, New Orleans and Gulf Coast., FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2003, file photo, President George W. Bush reacts to a reporter's question as to whether he has gained weight on his vacation, prior to entering the Coffee Station restaurant in Crawford, Texas. With him are Secretary of State Colin Powell, left, first lady Laura Bush, far right, and Alma Powell, Colin Powell's wife, second right. Is there ever really a good time for the president to go on vacation? President Barack Obama's summer getaway to Martha's Vineyard has reignited a seemingly annual debate. Bush was criticized for spending nearly 500 days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, during his two terms in office. He was there in August 2001 when he received a CIA briefing paper warning of al-Qaida's intentions to strike the United States — about a month before the Sept. 11 attacks would occur. In 2005, he remained on vacation after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and devastated the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) less 
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