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Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Bush holds record for vacation days

Complaints of Obama's "lavish" taxpayer-funded vacation raise an interesting point.
But, to be fair, should we not examine other presidents' travel in the same light?
George W. Bush holds the record for the number of "vacation" days as POTUS and an examination of just one aspect of those trips reveals the following:
Number of George W. Bush flights for vacation in Crawford, TX: 77
Cost of running Air Force One: $179,000/hour
Flight time one way from the White House to Crawford: 4.5 hours
Cost of one way flight: $805,500
Roundtrip cost: $1,611,000
Total cost to taxpayers of Bush's vacation trips to the ranch: $124,047,000
Steve Guinn
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