posted on Aug, 12 2010 @ 12:27 AM
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
ONLY 26 days in his first year? Most working folks get 7-14 IF THEY"RE LUCKY. A good many more including myself have had 0 paid days of vacation.
Last time I got any paid vacation time was back in 1999.
I think Presidents should work as many days as most Americans do.
To be generous I'll give him 2 weeks. That's all!
Call me crazy but I do like my world leaders to be able to take some time off from the stress of, you know leading the world. Being the President Of
the United States is quite a bit more stressful than the average office job.
Notice how much a president visibly ages through their term, 4 years in office makes you look 10 years older, that's stress doing that. I also work
in a field where a normal 9 to 5 is unheard of, and I get considerable vacation time for that. However, like the president, journalists can get
called back at a moments notice to cover something big if a story were to happen.
Unlike the president though when I am taking my fall vacation next month I won't be constantly in the public eye, or working over my week in
Scotland. The president does not have this luxury. I'll be able to sleep in, go hiking when I want, fishing on my own schedule and truly relax.
Even when on vacation the president cannot do these things because he is still the president.
Now if President Obama (or any other president for that matter) were to name his VP in charge and drop off the map for a period of time, that would be
a real vacation, and I would say it was rather irresponsible actually.
So Obama gets more time away from the office than you or I do, but he never gets to stop being the President Of The United States, I think that's a
very fair trade off really.