August 3, 2005

A posie that blooms every year, about this time...

Yet again there are lefties criticizing the President for taking too-long vacations, when he "should" be burning the midnight oil in the White House. Here's an article from the WaPo, Vacationing Bush Poised to Set a Record...

....But he will make time for fun, or at least his idea of it. Bush rarely takes the type of vacation one would consider exotic -- or, to some, even appealing. His notion of relaxation is chopping cedar on his ranch or mountain biking through rough terrain, all in 100-degree-plus temperatures in dusty Texas where crickets are known to roast on the summer pavement. He seems to relish the idea of exposing aides and reporters to the hothouse environment.

"I just checked in with the house -- it's about 100 degrees," he told reporters Monday. "But no matter how hot it gets, I enjoy spending time in Texas."...(Thanks to Orrin)

The STUPIDITY of the critics always amazes me...

  • Bush has a Harvard MBA. You'd think people might just suspect that he knows something about management? In fact, it's a basic principle that the leader of any really large organization should not obsess over details. There are just too many of them.
  • What the leader should do is put a lot of effort into personnel decisions. Strive to hire the very best people, then give them room to operate, and make decisions (and mistakes). This is precisely what Bush does.
  • The Presidency is the ultimate burn-out job. Taking breaks, taking lots of time for exercise, is exactly what a president ought to do if he's going to stay strong for 8 years.
  • Andy Card once drew a ton of flack for saying, in regards to Bush's apparent inactivity in August 2002, "From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August.'' But marketing is precisely the President's job. There's very little he can do by decree; he has to sell his programs to the public and to Congress.
  • And, as I've often pointed out, every year Bush comes back strong around September, when people are done with vacations and are ready to get serious again.

And of course modern communications let the President do the same stuff at the ranch that he does in the White House. But still, there's this fantasy vision people have, of residents as mastermind-spiders, sitting in the Oval Office sleeplessly monitoring a thousand threads connected with everything. We've had presidents who tried to do that. Think LBJ, think Jimmy Carter...They were atastrophes.

Posted by John Weidner at August 3, 2005 10:10 AM
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