It's Time To Stop Vacation-Shaming Our Presidents

August 5, 2014 11:40 AM

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Obama's aides push back against this ritual vacation-shaming with the standard vacation justification. Just as flacks for previous presidents have done, they say that his time-off won’t include that much relaxation, that he'll remain burdened by the pressures and demands of the Oval Office -– in short, that he won’t really take a vacation at all.

Between the shaming and the justifying, there's not much discussion of how the president -- and the country -- might actually benefit from a genuine vacation. As David Frum, a former George W. Bush speechwriter who's now a senior editor at The Atlantic, wrote about Obama's 2011 vacation: "A tense, e...

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