George Bush, The Vacationingest President in History, Ducks Out Of His Inaugural Ball and FOX News Tries To Make It Look Like It Was Because He Wanted To Get Back To Work
Reported by Ellen - January 21, 2005
The way FOX News tells it, Bush is such a hard-working guy that he left his inaugural balls early in order to take off his jacket, roll up his sleeves and get to work on his second term.
An article on FOXNews.com, called Bush Begins Second Term After Inauguration begins with these paragraphs:
Coming home an hour and 20 minutes ahead of schedule after a whirlwind tour of inaugural balls Thursday night, President Bush may have been preparing to get started immediately on an ambitious second-term agenda. Or he may wait until Monday.
The president heads to a National Cathedral inauguration prayer service on
Friday morning, but otherwise has not laden his schedule with activities after an exhausting week of inaugural receptions, meals, balls and, of course, an oath to uphold the office of the president.
Even without a hefty public schedule, however, the president rarely sits back and relaxes. Frequently, unplanned events come up when nothing is on the agenda. Most recently, several surprise announcements of Cabinet nominations for his second term in office.
"We have a solemn duty to protect our people and to win the War on Terror, and we will. We've other vital duties, and we will strive to achieve results on behalf of the people. I'm eager for the work. I'm looking forward to it, and I hope you are, as well," he said.
Comment: While there are many reasons I could think of for Bush to duck out of his inaugural balls early, working overtime would probably be last on my list of possibilities. Despite Bush's reiteration of what "hard work" he does as president, his record-setting vacation time speaks for itself. In fact, FOX News reporter Sharon Kehnemui Liss casts doubt on her own theory when she says, "But with Congress out until Monday, it won't get to the laborious work ahead in any speedy fashion."
So despite the fact that Bush insisted on having the costliest celebration in history during a time of war, record deficits and horrific tragedy in Indonesia, he didn't even bother to stick around and enjoy the parties. Not even FOX News could come up with a plausible excuse.