Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Who vacationed more, Bush or Obama?

President Barack Obama reacts as he misses a shot while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 11, 2013. (Associated Press)
President Barack Obama reacts as he misses a shot while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 11, 2013. (Associated Press)

t’s an old tradition in American politics -- taking potshots at the president for his vacation choices.

As the Obamas took off for Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, critics attacked their vacation as too lavish. But one of the Obamas’ defenders was the Rev. Al Sharpton, who hosts a show on MSNBC.

Sharpton said Obama "has taken 92 days of vacation since he was sworn in. How many did President (George W.) Bush take by the same point in his presidency? Three hundred and sixty seven. Yes, more than a full year of vacation."

Was Sharpton right? Our fact-check looked at data compiled by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, the acknowledged authority on how presidents spend their days in office. We also noted different patterns in how Bush and Obama vactioned. We rated Sharpton’s statement Mostly True. Read our fact-check for complete details.