President Reagan Took 25 Day Vacation In 1983 With 9% Unemployment AU

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    Not only did Reagan go on a secluded, 25-day California retreat, but his top aides reportedly stopped relaying news events to him so as to not disturb the president’s sojourn.

    A picture from that vacation. Presidents on Vacation Pictures Photo 1

    The annual summertime ritual of conservatives attacking Obama for going on summer vacation is swinging into high gear, as the president and his family prepare for a trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

    Partisans are insisting the president doesn’t deserve a break and that it sends an awful message to the nation for him to take ten days off.

    Context, though, is sometimes helpful in terms of highlighting how silly the cries of protest from the far-right media really are. For instance, at the same juncture of his first term, Ronald Reagan, like Obama, was battling a bad economy. Unemployment stood at 9.5%. Reagan’s response his third August in office? He set off for a nearly month-long vacation.

    Not only did Reagan go on a secluded, 25-day California retreat, but his top aides reportedly stopped relaying news events to him so as to not disturb the president’s sojourn.

    From the Washington Post, Aug. 22, 1983 [emphasis added]:

    As President Reagan relaxes on his mountaintop ranch northwest of Santa Barbara, tucked away from the workaday cares of Washington, his top advisers have decided to put an end to what one of them calls "unnecessary news stories."

    The negative news coverage that the president abhors was a topic of discussion at a White House breakfast the day before Reagan left on his present 25-day trip, the 17th stopover at his ranch since his election.
    FLASHBACK: Facing 9.5 % Unemployment, Reagan Set Off On 25-Day Summer Vacation | Media Matters for America

    Reporter's notebook: When presidents go on "vacation," controversy follows - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
     
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    well both are wrong for going on vacation...
     
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    Coming from Media Matters, the OP claims have no credibility, and nobody should believe them. Cite a credible source, or give it up. :rolleyes:
     
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    I can't wait for the resident extreme righties to weigh-in on this thread ;)
     
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    and Reagan. being dead as he is, is relevant how?
     
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    Remind me to send him a nasty letter. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    It is fine for republicans to take a lot of vacation cause they work so hard.
    Besides Nancy's astrologers told him to do it.
     
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    washington took the whole summer of '91 off



    lazy bastard
     
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    Oooh, it looks like libs are on the defensive.
     
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    Seems they don't care about Regan taking Vacations surely you'll soon hear the cries of "that's different" soon enough. Bush used to clear brush so often at his mansion err "ranch" that cons made up the story that tried to turn his landscaping duties into official presidential work.
     

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