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Do presidents need vacations?

President Trump famously said he would not take vacations as president, so his frequent golf trips—and reports that he will be on vacation for 17 days in August—have critics livid. Many argue this is a job that requires sacrifice. But supporters argue Trump works even while he's away, and a burnt-out president would serve no one. People also complained incessantly about Barack Obama's Hawaii trips and George W. Bush's Crawford ranch visits. Should presidents suck it up and skip vacations? 🏌️ 

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Trump's travels have been a flashpoint for critics, partly because he was so vocal about Obama's vacations, and partly because he vowed he would never take time off. There's also the frequency and expense of the president's vacations; Trump is on pace to surpass former President Barack Obama's vacation spending for his entire eight years in just his first year in office.

“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” Trump, 69, tells ITK. "I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”
“You don’t have time to take time off,” Trump adds.
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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.

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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."
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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.

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Trump's lack of accomplishments in his first six months, plus his Twitter and television watching habits, have led many to say he's not working hard enough. Plus, very few Americans get a 17-day vacation after just six months at a new job.

In April, Elaine Godfrey of The Atlantic used news reports about Trump’s well-chronicled habits to calculate that he watches about five hours of television daily. That makes him an average American; whether it makes him a sufficiently engaged American president is another matter. 
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Do presidents need vacations?
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