YOUR VIEW: Should President Obama Spend More Time On the Economy?

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Congressman Bill Posey Responds to GAI Report on President Barack Obama’s Vacation Time vs. Economic Meetings

opinion-180-5-2According to a new report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute (GAI), President Barack Obama has spent over twice as many hours on vacation and golf (976 hours) as he has in economic meetings of any kind (474.4 hours).

The report, “Presidential Calendar: A Time-Based Analysis,” used the official White House calendar, Politico’s comprehensive presidential calendar, and media reports through March 31, 2013 to calculate its results.

Rep. Bill Posey, R-FL, represents Brevard County in U.S. Congressional District 8 and between meetings with local constituents, Posey responded to the report’s findings.

Rep. Bill Posey

Rep. Bill Posey

“I don’t know how he finds the time,” Posey said. “I got elected to Congress at the same time Mr. Obama was elected president. I have never had time to race my cars one single time during my first year in Washington, so I sold all my racing stuff. I haven’t even had time to attend more than one or two races a year since then. I haven’t had time to play golf either and gave my clubs away. I have given the pay increase back every year – and pay for my own vacations. I paid my own way, $16,000 including my share of the security cost, for the fact-finding trip to Israel. Seeking solutions to the many challenges facing America is my top priority and very time consuming. When I get infrequent time off, I spend it with my family. Enough said, I’ve got to get back to work…”

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