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Why President Obama Deserves A Vacation, Too

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Everybody deserves a vacation, even the President of the United States.

Eric Rutkow, a historian and author, joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss why it’s critical for our President to take some time off, despite the world’s current crises.

“Presidential vacations go back as long as the presidency does,” said Rutkow. “Because crises tend to hit within any two-week or three-week window, if the president leaves, he’s almost guaranteed that he’s going to have to face some issue while away.”

In fact, presidential vacations are "almost always, to some extent," working vacations, Rutkow said.

Pat Garofalo, assistant managing editor for opinion at U.S. News & World Report, added that "to think that the President of the United States is ever really on vacation and is ever really disconnected in such a way that he can’t immediately be addressing anything from anywhere in the world, it’s just a silly criticism. If he needed to, he could be on the phone with any world leader, with any advisor, at a moment's notice.”

To hear more of the conversation, watch the full HuffPost Live segment here.