Originally Posted by General Tsao
my bosses and everyone i work with absolutely loves me cres so you have pretty much no idea what you are talking about.
and i didn't say it was a perfect analogy to obama's vacation troll, all i said was that no one gets a perfect vacation, it doesn't excuse taking so many for so long etc.
There's a couple of variables tarding up this.
1. The federal government work season has ebbs and flows. Congress is not in session, there's nothing going on in the Beltway this week on the legislative front. Everyone went home. You would make a bad judgment of a CPA's work habits or whatever by randomly checking their timesheets in the end of August vs the beginning of April. Federal government work is the same way.
2. As I think others have pointed out, executive job responsibilities and consequently vacations are different from the vacations normal cube pilots and company scrubs take. There's a reason you have to have an out of office message and put your cellie on it bro, you're likely responsible for day-to-day business and operations and the expectation you're driving your cube and doing your grunt work during business hours is part of the gig, and a wide array of people might be trying to contact you such that they might not know you're on vacation but might need to interrupt it to make day to day business function.
That's not so for a lot of executives, especially people who oversee large companies, who typically only have day-to-day contact with a small cadre of senior management and are only brought in for important decisions, and can typically perform those duties just as well remotely as in the office. Being an executive is nice because of the power and prestige, sure, and of course the pay, but it's also nice because it's not manually labor intensive and physical on-site presence isn't that valuable given the roles and responsibilities.
That's not to say Obama is the executive in a private company but the general point stands. Obama is almost surely not able to shirk things like daily security briefings with the joint chiefs and NSA. Whether he barks out the order from the Oval Office or a beach isn't especially critical.