But isn't bitching about presidential weekends and vacations pretty much a national pastime? Images of them playing golf on the taxpayer dime always make great fodder for detractors—but they aren't machines, and they do deserve some leisure.
And I believe presidents do need time to recharge just like anyone else. Plus, they're not "on vacation" like the rest of us.
Let's face it, presidents are never really "off-the-clock." White House surrogate Sebastian Gorka pointed out that even if the president leaves the White House for the month of August, he's not necessarily "on vacation."
"He doesn’t have to be sitting in the building behind me to exercise command, to exercise leadership. He can do that anywhere."
As this graph shows, presidents do need rest—but some need more rest than others. Many say that if adequate sleep is a priority, the presidency is not for you. The commander in chief is expected to be alert and available around the clock, ready to respond to a crisis at any moment.
> Presidents need vacation too. And any day away from the WH is expensive. With that in mind, a comparison of the last 6. pic.twitter.com/f12tJvt6Ng
For Trump critics, the issue is the frequency and expense of the president's vacations. He is on pace in his first year of office to surpass former President Barack Obama's vacation spending for his entire eight years.
The outsized spending on travel stands in stark relief to Trump's calls for belt tightening across the federal government and the fact that he regularly criticized Obama for costing the American taxpayer money every time he took a trip.