Carney 2001: Bush Is on Vacation; Carney 2011: There’s No Such Thing as Presidential Vacation

The White House has been taking political heat for President Obama’s upcoming 10-day vacation in the posh resort town of Martha’s Vineyard.

The first family will go forward with their vacation plans in spite of the nation’s debt crisis – even though a number of European leaders cancelled or postponed their vacation plans to deal with similar issues.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the high-priced vacation by saying Americans wouldn’t begrudge the president for taking time off to spend with his family – even though many Americans can’t afford to take their families on vacation.

“There’s no such thing as a presidential vacation,” Carney said. “He will be in constant communication and get regular briefings from his national security team, as well as his economic team.” He added that since Martha’s Vineyard is so close, the president would be able to travel back to Washington if required.

But that’s not what Carney thought about presidential vacations during President Bush’s tenure in the White House. In a 2001 TIME magazine story, Carney penned an article titled, “A Vacationing Bush Works Hard for His Photo-Ops.”



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