As the summer draws to a close, it’s the time of year for last-minute cookouts, enjoying the final splendors of beach vacations and complaining about presidential vacations.
As President Obama kicked off his 10-day summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, the requisite backlash began with critics calling foul over his posh getaway amid a volatile stock market and an ongoing jobs crisis.
Yet, as the Post’s David Nakamura reminds us, the complaints are nearly as old as the U.S. presidency itself. John Adams, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower have all felt the heat of holiday critics. CBS news anchor Mark Knoller looked back at past presidential vacations to see how Obama stacked up, finding that at this point in each of their respective presidencies, George W. Bush had taken 180 days off from the White House, Bill Clinton 23 days and Obama 61.
We went back in the archives to see how the Post has covered some of the trials and trips of presidential vacations.
April 23, 1905: President Roosevelt
August 16, 1946: President Truman
August 9, 1953: President Eisenhower
November 7, 1976: President Carter
August 2, 2009: President Obama
See also: a photo gallery of past presidential vacations.