United States Presidential vacations

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United States Presidential vacations, or vacations taken by Presidents of the United States, have often been contentious.

History[edit]

Martha's Vineyard is one choice taken for location for vacation, since the time of Ulysses S. Grant, during 1874. Presidents who have taken a vacation there include Presidents John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.[1][2]

  • Donald J. Trump: In May 2019 Trump was criticized for various expenses; such as, golf trips having cost taxpayers at least $102 million in extra travel and security expenses, trips to Florida having cost $81 million, his trips to New Jersey costing $17 million, his 2018 two days in Scotland costing at least $3 million, and $1 million for a trip to his resort in Los Angeles.[7][8]

Known totals[edit]

Order President Term Vacations Days Costs
44 Barack Obama 2009-2017 29 328[9] $96m[10]
43 George W. Bush 2001-2009 88 1,020[9] $140m[11]
42 Bill Clinton 1993-2001 41 174[2] - 345[9] $128m
41 George H. W. Bush 1989-1993 543[9]
40 Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 335[9] - 866[12] [11]
39 Jimmy Carter 1977-1981 79[9]
38 Gerald Ford 1974-1977
37 Richard Nixon 1969-1974
36 Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-1969 484[13]
35 John F. Kennedy 1961-1963
34 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961 456[13] [11]
33 Harry S. Truman 1945-1953 175[14]
32 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945 958[13] [11]
31 Herbert Hoover 1929-1933 49 [11]
30 Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929
29 Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
28 Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921
27 William Howard Taft 1909-1913
26 Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909
25 William McKinley 1897-1901
24 Grover Cleveland 1893-1897
23 Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893
22 Grover Cleveland 1885-1889
21 Chester A. Arthur 1881-1885
20 James A. Garfield 1881
19 Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881
18 Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877
17 Andrew Johnson 1865-1869
16 Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865
15 James Buchanan 1857-1861
14 Franklin Pierce 1853-1857
13 Millard Fillmore 1850-1853
12 Zachary Taylor 1849-1850
11 James K. Polk 1845-1849
10 John Tyler 1841-1845
9 William Henry Harrison 1841 0 0 $0
8 Martin Van Buren 1837-1841
7 Andrew Jackson 1829-1837
6 John Quincy Adams 1825-1829
5 James Monroe 1817-1825
4 James Madison 1809-1817
3 Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809
2 John Adams 1797-1801
1 George Washington 1789-1797

Sources:[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ B. Jasnoff (August 2016). The Clintons Were Here. So Were the Obamas. Boston Magazine. p. 41. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b C. Eugene Emery Jr. (2016-09-09). "Facts take a vacation in Occupy Democrats' post about presidential, congressional time off". Politifact.
  3. ^ a b c d "Criticism likely to follow Obama on upcoming vacation". CNN. August 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Rawlings, Nate (August 23, 2010). "Brief History: Presidential Vacations". Time magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-24. Not every vacation has been a welcome diversion. In 1881, James Garfield was shot while leaving Washington and died two...
  5. ^ a b "Obamas to begin sixth holiday of the year". The Daily Telegraph. August 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-21. Mr Obama’s holidays have been particularly scrutinized in the last year, as he has come under fire for his handling of the US economy as well as the Louisiana oil spill. ... He was questioned last year for choosing to stay on the elitist Martha’s Vineyard during a severe recession, while in July he was criticized for taking his family to Maine rather than visit the Gulf of Mexico coast line. He subsequently took his family to Florida last weekend.
  6. ^ "Obama returns to Washington: Protecting healthcare law on the closing stretch agenda". Salon. Associated Press. 2017-01-02. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  7. ^ Adam K. Raymond (22 May 2019). "The Taxpayer Tab for Trump's Golf Outings Tops $100 Million: Report". Intelligencer. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. ^ S.V. Date (22 May 2019). "Trump's Golf Costs: $102 Million And Counting, With Taxpayers Picking Up The Tab; Trump promised never to golf. Instead, he's spent more than twice as many days golfing as Obama at the same point, costing taxpayers over three times as much". huffpost.com. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Carolyn Kaster (2017-08-10). "Presidential vacations: Which commander in chief took the most time off?". Cleveland.com.
  10. ^ "Judicial Watch: New Obama Travel Costs Bring Eight-Year Total over $4 billion". Judicial Watch. 2016-12-29.
  11. ^ a b c d e Lauren Victoria Burke (2013-03-27). "The Most Vacationing President in U.S. History: George W. Bush".
  12. ^ Dan Froomkin (2008-03-04). "The Vacation President". Washington Post.
  13. ^ a b c Trudeau, Noah (2016). Lincoln's Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24 – April 8, 1865. p. xi. ISBN 978-1611213263.
  14. ^ "Harry S Truman Little White House". National Park Service.
  15. ^ "Compared to past presidents, Obama takes few vacations". CBS News. 2014-12-22.
  16. ^ "Five myths about presidential vacations". Washington Post. 2014-08-15.

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