President Obama and his family are on vacation this week on Martha’s Vineyard.
And Cindy Sheehan’s there, too – protesting, of course – and saying the president has no business taking a vacation when we’re still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In this case, Cindy Sheehan has it ass backwards. President Obama’s setting a bad example. Not by taking too much vacation. But by not taking enough!
After all, this is his first vacation this year, and it’s only a week. Obama should take more time off, not less. And should all Americans.
One -quarter of all American workers gets no paid vacation. For the rest of, it’s an average 14 days. But most Americans are so stressed out by their job, they take only 4 days off.
And that’s crazy! Look at other countries. Workers in the EU must get 4 weeks vacation by law. In the UK, the average is 28 days; in France, 39; and in Italy, a whopping 42 days off.
That’s over eight weeks. Talk about “la dolce vita!”
So, Mr. President. Enjoy your vacation. And, while you’re at the beach, why not stay another week or two.
Maybe if you take more vacation, the rest of us will, too.
That’s my parting shot for today.