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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Embedded- GAI Report: Presidential Economic Meetings: A Time-Based Analysis

By Susan Duclos

A report by the Government Accountability Institute shows how much time Barack Obama spends focusing on America's economic situation and the results are astounding.

BG summarizes the report and below that will be the full 5 page report itself, embedded.

But just how little time Mr. Obama has spent working on the economy can be seen in the data contained in the Government Accountability Institute’s analysis:

  • Throughout the first 1,257 days of his presidency, Mr. Obama has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings or briefings of any kind
  • In 2012, so far Obama has spent just 24 total hours in economic meetings of any kind
  • Assuming a six day, 10-hour workweek, Obama has spent less than 4 percent of his total time in economic meetings or briefings of any kind
  • There were 773 days (72 percent), excluding Sundays, in which he had no economic meetings
  • Mr. Obama has spent an average of 138 minutes a week in economic meetings.  According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, new dog owners spent an average of 130 minutes a week walking their dogs
The study, which was based off of the president’s official schedule, practically bent over backwards to include anything even remotely akin to an economic meeting. For example, “Obama meets with Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum” was tallied as an economic meeting. Also included was, “Obama meets with Cabinet secretaries,” which may or may not have dealt with economic issues, counted as well.

The Government Accountability Institute conducted an analysis of how much time President Barack Obama has spent in economic meetings of any kind. The study covered the President’s first 1,257 days in office.

GAI Report Presidential Economic Meetings a Time Based Analysis2