However, according to journalist Joseph Curl, who previously covered the White House, former President George W. Bush went on Christmas vacation in a way that stands in direct contrast to President Barack Obama.
“[H]ere’s the thing: In December, we never left Washington, D.C., until the day after Christmas. Never. Mr. Bush and his wife, Laura, would always depart the White House a few days before the holiday and hunker down at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland,” Curl wrote in a 2013 column that wasrepublished Thursday.
After a few years, curiosity finally got to the former Washington Times reporter and he asked a low-level administration official why.
“I still remember what she said,” Curl wrote. “’So all of us can be with our families on Christmas.’”
“Who was ‘us’? Hundreds and hundreds of people, that’s who. Sure, the reporters who covered the president, but also dozens and dozens on his staff, 100 Secret Service agents, maybe more, and all of those city cops required whenever the president’s on the move in D.C.,” Curl added in his column.
President Obama, on the other hand, takes off for his Christmas vacation way before the holiday starts, dragging hundreds of folks with him who have to leave their families behind.
One of these men exemplifies self-sacrificing leadership. Care to guess which one?
While Bush certainly had flaws and wasn’t the greatest president in history by any stretch of the imagination, he certainly possessed far greater character than Obama, and this is just one example that illustrates this point eloquently.