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What's A President To Do: Take A Vacation
Q: What should a president do when informed of impending hijackings?
A. Inform congress and ask for assistance in thwarting the hijackings.
B. Order armed air marshals placed on every plane in the U.S.
C. Inform the public and issue a general hijackings alert to the country to watch for and report anything suspicious.
D. Distribute pictures of known al-Qaeda operatives to all ticket counters, airports and travel agencies throughout the U.S.
E. Order increased airport security and screening of passengers and increased security at flight schools throughout the country.
F. Go on vacation.
... Mr. Bush failed America.
Bush criticised for month-long Texan holiday
George W Bush is being criticised for taking a month-long holiday at his ranch.The US president is spending August in Texas as the Washington Post newspaper accused him of spending 42% of his time on holiday since his inauguration.
The newspaper said he has spent 54 days at his ranch, four days at his parents' holiday home in Kennebunkport and 38 days at the presidential retreat, Camp David.White House officials billed Mr Bush's Texas trip as a "working vacation" to allow him to work on matters of state and to meet "real Americans" around the country, reports The Independent.
According to an opinion poll, 55% of Americans think his 31-day break is too long. The paper says the President told reporters before an early-morning round of golf: "Washington DC is a fine place and I'm honoured to be working in the Oval Office and staying in the compound there. But I'm the kind of person that needs to get outdoors. It keeps my mind whole, keeps my spirits up."
Mr Bush is also expected to come up with a decision on federal funding for stem-cell research during his break.
Story filed: 08:31 Wednesday 8th August 2001
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