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August 25, 2016

Assertions about Obama are wrong

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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 12:00 am

Jack Feigle’s assertions about President Barack Obama’s vacations and golf are misguided (“Obama spends more time playing golf than working,” Daily News, June 30).

The American Presidency Project reports that through August 2013, Mr. Obama had 92 days vacation. President George W. Bush — during the same period — had 379 days of vacation, while our military was fighting and dying in two wars he started. In fact, John Adams is the only president who had more vacation than President Bush; he had a total of 879 days, or 30.1 percent of his time in office.

But compare this to the schedule of Speaker John Boehner and the Congress he leads. In 2013, the Congress was in session 126 days. On their current schedule, members of Congress will work 113 days or about two days a week. In an interview with Golf Digest, Mr. Boehner said he plays golf about two days per week. As of August 2014, President Obama has played 152 rounds of golf, or an average of one round per two weeks — and most of that while on vacation.

On Aug. 1, Mr. Boehner and the Congress began a 35-day vacation without having acted on immigration reform, infrastructure improvements, minimum wage and other legislative proposals Mr. Obama has sent up. So, who needs to get to work?

Agnes Bailey Bourgeois

League City