Thursday, August 04, 2005

Vacations During Wartime

This is what Bush had to say yesterday about the dozen Marines killed in Iraq by one IED:
President Bush lamented the deaths of 14 Marines in Iraq Wednesday, calling the deadly attack a "grim reminder" America is still at war.

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"Make no mistake about it," Bush said. "We are at war."

So if we are at war, why is the Commander in Chief taking the longest vacation of any president in 36 years? From Plutonium Page at dKos:

Some numbers for you:
49:
the number of vacations that Bush has taken since he was inaugurated in 2001

5:
the number of weeks that Bush will spend on vacation, starting yesterday.  It is the longest presidential vacation in at least 36 years.

319:
August 3, 2005 was the 319th day Bush has spent on vacation since his 2001 inauguration

20%:
the fraction of Bush's presidency that he has spent on vacation

A culture of corruption in which an "ownership society" means that everyone else owns Bush's mistakes while he goes on vacation. Especially the families of those killed in Iraq who's funerals Bush has honor with his attendance.