Jay Carney on presidential vacations then and now

Exactly ten years ago, in August 2001, a young, callow Time magazine writer, Jay Carney, mocked President George W. Bush (R) for pretending to work on his vacation, asking Bush, on Vacation, Pushes for Photo Ops:  Caring or Cynical? The imagemakers who advise George W. Bush got what they wanted this week: a photograph, taken by the Associated Press and published in seemingly every newspaper in the country, of the President lifting a telephone pole as he "helped maintain" a nature trail in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. Back in July, when they were planning what the President should do during his monthlong vacation (as part of their effort to convince the public that he wasn't actually on vacation in the generally accepted sense of what the word means -- i.e., having fun and not working), the imagemakers hit upon a clever idea. Every week, they decided, they would send the President somewhere outside Texas for a day or a day and a half to hold an event of some...(Read Full Post)