It’s official: Obama spends more time on recreation than economy

A report released by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), has concluded that President Barack Obama has spent twice as much time on vacation and golf as he has in economic meetings throughout his entire term in office.

Obama rides a bikeThat may come as no surprise to some, but the nonpartisan GAI actually conducted an analysis which found Obama spent 976 hours on vacation and golf, compared to economic meetings which rated a mere 474.7 hours.

The GAI report, “Presidential Calendar: A Time-Based Analysis,” calculated the time using as sources the White House official calendar, Politico’s comprehensive calendar, and media reports. The study covered the president’s 1,532 days in office up through March 31, 2013.

The report notes a few key findings.

President Obama has spent 3.6 % of his total work time in economic meetings or briefings of any kind (assuming a six day, 10-hour a-day workweek) throughout his presidency.

In 2013, President Obama has spent 6 total hours in economic meetings of any kind.

The number of days with some sort of economic meeting has declined significantly throughout President Obama’s time in office. Throughout 2009, President Obama had 140 days with economic meetings. By 2012, the number of days with a scheduled economic meeting decreased to 29 (a 79 % decrease).

Throughout his time in office, President Obama has played 115 total rounds of golf and spent 86 days on vacation, for an estimated combined total of 976 hours. (Four hours allotted for golf, six hours per day for vacation)

“People understand that presidents have the most stressful job in the world and need a break from time to time,” GAI President Peter Schweizer told Breitbart. “There will be some who will be encouraged by the numbers and some who will wish the president spent more time in economic meetings. As a government watchdog group, we just tabulate the numbers and let others decide how to interpret them.”

Read the entire GAI report here:

Presidential Calendar: A Time-Based Analysis

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.

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