I am a big believer in vacations. Even if you can't afford to go anywhere, just 2-3 days with no work, no obligations, just rest, fun, and relaxation. Everybody needs it. Getting away and spending quality time with family and/or friends is very healthy. According to studies, it not only makes you more productive at work, but it helps with stress, emotions, and blood pressure. Every person deserves to have some fun and a break from work.
I especially think it is important for leaders to take a break. Whether you are the head of the household, head of a company, or head of an organization, it is really important to take a time out and refresh yourself and your mind. I see a lot of times families go on vacation and maybe the dad will stay behind and work. That is really unfortunate because not only are you missing out on quality time with your family, you need that time to make sure you are healthy and around to continue to take care of those who depend on you.
With that being said, I think President Obama is expressing disrespect for the people of this country by taking an 11 day vacation right now. Our country is in a mess. The leader of that country deserves time off and time to recharge. Besides being President, he is also a husband and father and I am sure to his daughters he is dad, who just happens to have an important job. In their eyes, his first job and commitment is being their dad. I get that, and I am all for it, but hasn't he taken a lot of time off already?
Sometimes our actions are based on respect towards others. We do or don't do things because of how it looks to others. I take that into consideration a lot of times. I don't mean worrying about how things look to others in the way of being "popular" or "keeping up with the Joneses". I mean actions that clearly show respect to others. OR, choosing not to do something because it might make someone feel bad or disrespected. I think Obama is not choosing wisely. With our country in the shape it is in, I think it is disrespectful to take a vacation right now and especially for that length of time.
People are losing homes, jobs, and along with jobs, health insurance that affects the way their health and the health of their family is taken care of. Leaders, or the head of households, are feeling like failures because through no fault of their own they are unable to provide the most basic needs for their families. Obama taking time out while our country is in such a mess is a disrespectful action, in my opinion.
When you are discussing politics, economy, and government, the topics can be very confusing. There are a lot of factors in each of them. Sydney is taking Econ. right now and she has gotten really confused over some of the concepts. I won't even begin to pretend like I know how to debate a political issue. However, I do understand that our country is in terrible shape and we need a leader right now full time. I have mixed feelings about Donald Trump. He is very arrogant, but he is a successful and brilliant businessman. He has expressed his feelings about Obama taking a vacation in an interview. I agree with him that right now, our country needs a businessman. Throughout history, our country has needed different types of men to lead our country. Different strengths in personality and character have proved important at times. Weaknesses of those things can also have an impact on the success of a President's term.
There is a lot to be done to even begin getting this country back on track and I feel that Obama should focus on that right now. Because if he can take a break and relax with the state of things, then I think it shows people he doesn't really give a flip.