Should presidents take vacations? | The Tylt
President Trump pledged he would take no long vacations while in office, and criticized President Obama for taking too many trips. But President Trump took a 17-day "working" vacation in August and has visited the golf course 55 times since taking office. Some argue a fatigued president serves no one and presidents can work and play at the same time. But others insist the job of the president requires sacrifice, and shouldn't be spent relaxing. What do you think?🏌️
Should presidents take vacations?
Before becoming president, Trump repeatedly insisted he would not take vacations while in office and criticized Obama for doing so. But President Trump has spent three times as many leisure days as Obama did at this point in his presidency. Both the frequency and expense of President Trump's vacations have drawn attention from critics, and directly contradict the promises he made on the campaign trail.
“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done... I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”
But others have argued that vacation-shaming presidents is silly. Like everyone else, presidents deserve to take time off, and they never fully "unplug' when on vacation.
...a presidential vacation isn’t like your vacation. The president doesn’t actually unplug from the demands of the office. He still receives his daily intelligence briefings, he meets with advisors, and he occasionally plans missile strikes. But most importantly, everyone needs a vacation. By now, we’ve all heard about the value of taking time off, of unplugging, of doing nothing, of wasting time.
Many believe the frequency of President Trump's vacations signal his unwillingness to work hard and take the job of the presidency seriously. The fact that Trump was so critical of Obama's getaways adds another layer of hypocrisy.
His many detractors see it differently. If the golf bothers them—and, judging by the number of websites devoted to chronicling Trump’s excursions, it does—it is only because they see it as symbolic of a lackadaisical approach to the presidency.
Uh... Trump doesn't work 24x7. Where have you been the last 10 months? Are you not aware Trump golf's *every single* weekend? 😂— Tom Fuller (@cedar_yellow) September 3, 2017
Trump had 53 days of vacation so far. President Obama only had 15 days total in August . Why is that??— Bonnie Olsen (@bonski1125) September 1, 2017
But some still think it is unreasonable to expect anyone to work 24/7, and we should allow our presidents to rest when they need to.
Yes, Presidents need rest... even Presidents who said they wouldn't take a vacation.— Mo Ray (@mo2dmax) August 18, 2017
The man has done more work than most presidents so I don't begrudge him a vacation, but it's not a vacation so people need to get a grip.— Melanie (@mefbama) August 4, 2017
And I believe presidents do need time to recharge just like anyone else. Plus, they're not "on vacation" like the rest of us.— Amanda (@OnidaGirl) March 16, 2017