Washington can be a tough town, where scandals abound and never-ending political drama rules the day.
Perhaps the hustle and bustle of life in the US capital takes a greater toll on nobody more than the president.
„Over the years, presidents struggle so hard to get to the White House and then they’re almost desperate to get away from the place once they’re there,“ journalist Kenneth Walsh said during an interview in 2009.
Vacations and weekend getaways help US presidents cope with the pressures of leading the country. John F. Kennedy frequented Hyannis Port in Massachusetts. Ronald Reagan had a ranch in California. And President Donald Trump has a golf course in New Jersey and his famous Mar-a-Lago private resort in Florida.
Here’s how some US presidents vacationed as compared to Trump, who is taking a „working vacation“ at his private golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey this week:
Abraham Lincoln’s preferred hideaway was a mansion-sized “cottage” that was only four miles from the White House. It served as a useful retreat during the summer to escape the oppressive heat of downtown Washington.
Source: The Washington Post
Teddy Roosevelt’s „Summer White House“ in Sagamore Hill, New York, served as an ideal location for the president to enjoy the outdoors, away from Washington.
Source: National Parks
Roosevelt was a prominent conservationist who laid the groundwork for the establishment of many of America’s national monuments, forests, and parks.
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