Presidents taking time off is NOTHING NEW. I don’t want to get into an argument over who took more time off, or how much it cost. It doesn’t matter. Due to the necessary security, it costs a lot of money for any President or VP to vacation. I don’t care whether it was Reagan chopping wood in Santa Barbara, W taking every August as a “working vacation” in Texas, or Obama playing golf. Ross Perot, during his 1992 campaign, pointed out that Dan Quayle, while he was VP, took his family skiing in Colorado, and the Secret Service had to train agents to ski in circles around them as they were going down the slopes.*Let’s focus on the real problems.