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Your President is on vacation... - Riffs and Licks
Your President is on vacation...
...and the terrorists are working overtime.

Bob Herbert mentioned this in his column this morning, but how much vacation exactly does a President get? Bush derides European socialists at every turn, but he seems to be represented by a German labor union. He gets at least six weeks of vacation a year, he seems to work a seven-hour day at best, and every time anything significant happens, he's out where the buses don't run.

The WSJ said today that
Intelligence officials presented [the infamous briefing paper], "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States," to Mr. Bush on Aug. 6, 2001, while he was vacationing at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

No wonder he ignored it. He's got his boots up on the rail with a beer in one hand, and those annoying nerds are calling from Washington again. Screw 'em!

Thanks to his incompetence, troops in Iraq who thought they'd be coming home soon now have to stay even longer, but Bush can't even get his sorry ass back to his desk in Washington. As Herbert said, "Mr. President, there's a war on. You might consider hopping a plane to Washington."

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bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: April 10th, 2004 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Give Dubya MORE Vacation

I agree with your sentiments, but I think the world might be a safer place if Bush took more vacation days. Let's hope he gets a sabbatical in November.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 15th, 2004 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Shrub Days Of August

From George Tenet's testimony before the 9/11 comission:

Q. Would it — made any difference, if you had mentioned — did you ever mention it, for instance, to the president, you're briefing the president from Aug. 6 on ——

A. I didn't see the president. I was not in briefings with him during this time. He was on vacation. I was here.

Q. You didn't see the president between Aug. 6, 2001, and Sept. 10?

A. Well, no, but before. Saw him after Labor Day, to be sure.

Q. So you saw him Sept. 4 at the principals' meeting?

A. He was not at the principals' meeting.

Q. Well, you don't see him ——

A. Condoleezza Rice — I saw him in this time frame, to be sure.

Q. O.K., I'm just confused. You see him on Aug. 6th with the P.D.B. [President's Daily Brief].

A. No, I do not, sir. I'm not there.

Q. O.K., you're not the . . . When do you see him in August?

A. I don't believe I do.

Q. You don't see the president of the United States once in the month of August?

A. He's in Texas, and I'm either here or on leave for some of that time. So I'm not here.

Q. So who's briefing him on the P.D.B.'s?

A. The briefer himself. We have a presidential briefer.

Q. So — but you never get on the phone or in any kind of conference with him to talk, at this level of high chatter and huge warnings during the spring and summer, to talk to him, through the whole month of August?

A. Talked to — we talked to him directly throughout the spring and early summer, almost every day ——

Q. But not in August?

A. In this time period, I'm not talking to him, no. . .
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