Barely six months into his first term and George W. Bush is taking the longest presidential vacation in history: a month. If Bush was like any other first-year federal employee, his work schedule wouldn't be quite so accommodating.
Not to be a tough boss, but according to the Washington Post, by the time Bush returns to Washington on Labor Day, he will have spent 42 percent of his presidency visiting vacation spots. It would seem Bush had used those 6 1/2 days before arriving in Crawford, Texas. Last month he took four days to visit his parents at their vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Immediately before White House spokesman Scott McClellan discussed plans for the president's television address that evening on stem- cell research, workers hung the banner on the blue curtains behind the spokesman's podium in Crawford Elementary School's gymnasium. The gym serves as a headquarters and filing center for journalists covering Bush while he's at his 1,600-acre Texas ranch 7 miles down the road.