Secrets of the travels of American presidents (part 1)
When former President Bill Clinton took a break near Grand Teton National Park in 1995, people complained because he disrupted their vacation.
The Washington Post has answered questions and rumors of many people about the US presidential vacations while in office.
Is the President traveling having a real break?
Presidents don’t have vacations. They just move their workplaces from one place to another. This is the words of the late First Lady Nancy Reagan once defended her husband about his frequent vacations to the farm in Santa Barbara, California. At that time, the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, received many criticisms of the vacation too much.
American presidents often accompany about 200 people on vacation. Some of them are White House aides, secret agents, military advisers, and media specialists. These people are responsible for making sure that even on vacation, the president can run the country and do almost everything as if he were still in Washington. While on vacation, the president receives intelligence daily, holds press conferences, participates in political fundraisers or even meets politicians.
Many presidents still make important decisions during their holidays. The late President Ronald Reaga decided to fire more than 11,000 air traffic controllers on strike in 1981. At that time, Mr. Reagan was resting at the David campsite.
President Theodore Roosevelt was criticized for going fishing for 10 days in the Caribbean shortly after re-election in 1940 during the period when Britain was attacked by the Nazis. But the truth is that the 26th President of the United States took advantage of this rare opportunity to devise an aid strategy for Britain.
Does the presidential vacation harm the nation?
During his tenure, former President Barack Obama was criticized by many people for taking too much vacation while the world was in crisis.
Presidents often feel the need to reassure Americans that they are making good use of vacation. That’s why Karl Rove, a former President Bush’s adviser, keeps the media informed about scholarly books he plans to read on vacation.