Obama didn't take any more "vacation" (such as it is) than any other President, just like Bush, contrary to what Michael Moore and Wapo said, was never really on vacation either.
Damn with everything going on in the world right now I can't believe people are arguing 24 pages worth of something so damned dumb.
Can the President go on vacation and STILL be in touch with his advisors? Absolutely. However, the perception this president is giving is that he simply doesn't care about what is going on in the world. That perception is one of weakness when it is looked by dictators, tyrants, and terrorists. Actions by others can then be done simply by that perception.
Right now is not the time to be going on vacation for ANY of the members of congress or the president if only to show the world we are united instead of divided and impotent which is what the world is seeing from our leaders. Right now IMO, we are projecting weakness and our enemies are acting on that perceived weakness from us.
#2: Bush was on vacation when Katrina hit, despite him and everyone in the nation knowing that a "perfect storm" was about to hit. He also didn't cut his vacation short right away. It was a while. And then it was to do a fly-over (the now infamous picture of Bush looking out his plane window from "above the fray" representing his dissociation from the rest of the people in the country.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.