Presidential Vacations of the Past

As the Obama’s are enjoying there time on Martha’s Vineyard this week, we thought it would interesting to take a walk down memory lane and look back at other former POTUS’ summer vacation hot-spots.  Some partied, some fished, some even did yard-work.

W: According to CBS news, George W. Bush took 149 trips to Camp David (totally 487 days) and 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford, Texas during his presidency (spending nearly all or part of 490 days there). Dubya enjoyed clearing brush and doing other yard work on the ranch. Finally, hard at work.  Of course, a  President cannot truly ever be on vacation. Bush was often accompanied or joined by cabinet staff even on his long stays on the ranch (sort of a mobile White (trash) House, but really…isn’t that a long time to be away from Washington?

Finally doing some real work. W at his ranch in Crawford, Texas in 2002. (Eric Draper/AP / August 9, 2002)

Finally doing some real work. W at his ranch in Crawford, Texas in 2002. (Eric Draper/AP / August 9, 2002)

Clinton Years: Former POTUS Bill Clinton and family also vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard. It may be hard to remember, but Clinton was a workaholic and had to be dragged from the Oval Office prior to leaving for his first vacation. Apparently when Clinton arrived on Martha’s Vineyard few hours later, he canceled his scheduled golf game and fell asleep — for nearly 24 hours. For the Clinton’s vacation centered around “Chelsea Time” — but we also know they liked to hob-knob with the likes of  Carly Simon, Ted Danson, Bill Gates and close family friends.

Ahoy!! On a three hour tour with Walter Kronkite. (Photo courtesy of Charles Krupa/AP)

Ahoy!! On a three hour tour with Walter Kronkite. (Photo courtesy of Charles Krupa/AP)

Reagan: The Reagan’s spent his vacations at his Ranch del Cielo in Santa Barbara, California —  spending nearly all or part of 335 days there over his eight-year presidency. And what did he enjoy doing? Chopping trees with a chain saw of course! The Ranch was also known as “the Western White House” and Reagan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 at the ranch and hosted British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth II, and former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev there.

He works hard for the money! So hard for the money! (Michael Evans/AP)

He works hard for the money! So hard for the money! (Michael Evans/AP)

No discussion of presidential vacations is complete without Camelot. President John F. Kennedy vacationed at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. and turned it into his summer White House.  Befitting considering that the Kennedy compound was his base for his successful 1960 U.S. Presidential campaign.

Welcome to the good life! (courtesy of the AP)

Welcome to the good life! (courtesy of the AP)

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