Snooze to destiny: Daily Show salutes Bush presidential vacation record
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Friday August 17, 2007


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The Daily Show turned its attention Wednesday to presidential vacations, commenting briefly on French President Nicolas Sarkosy's visit to President Bush in Kennebunkport before asking "Senior Western White House Correspondent" Samantha Bee about Bush's return to Crawford, TX.

"This place is abuzz with expectation," said Bee excitedly. "It's no longer a question of if the president will break the record, but when."

"Most vacation days taken by a sitting president," Bee explained when Jon Stewart asked what record she meant. "People said that Reagan's 436 would stand forever, but right now, as you can see, this president stands on 423, meaning his record should fall less than two weeks from today. And they said it shouldn't be done."

Bee continued playing up the great obstacles faced by Bush in his pursuit of the record and his dedication in overcoming them. "Reagan has a ranch in beautiful Santa Barbara," she said. "Bush has spent his time chasing the record in Crawford, Texas, which by all objective accounts is a genuine scorched shithole. ... And don't forget, Bush is a war president. The 80's? If Bush had been president then, he might not have come in at all."

The following video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast on August 15.