In March I visited my friend's family in Guatemala, heading down to a beach town called Lindamar near San Jose in Escuintla. Really beautiful. I also hit a number of the towns around Atitlan, though I can't recall all the names right now. Also very beautiful.
You're entirely missing the point of the post, and misquoting me as saying the President should not be reading (where in fact I say the exact opposite). The point is not that the President should not read, it's that the President is doing something wrong if he has that much free time on his hands.
The Presidency is not a 9 to 5 job -- or even a 7 to 5 job, which is how George W. Bush reportedly treats it. It is a job that can require a President to devote nearly all waking hours (indeed, Bill Clinton often worked until 2 or 3 in the morning to get the job done).
Again, to reiterate what I wrote in the post, a President should most certainly be afforded down time -- a human could not survive a job like the Presidency without relaxation. But at the same time, a President shouldn't have so much free time so that he is remiss in his duties, and from the looks of the last eight years we have had a Chief Executive who has at times been remiss in his duties.
According to the Senate, of the eleven nominations withdrawn or not acted upon by the Senate, only a single one was a sitting United States Senator -- Edwin D. Morgan in 1865 -- and he "declined the appointment." For whatever it's worth, Morgan represented New York in the Senate.
What's the response rate on the day before election day? I heard both of NBC News' pollsters -- Democrat Peter Hart and Republican Neil Newhouse -- explain last week that they never poll on the Monday because people don't pick up the phone, or if they do they won't assent to be surveyed, leading to kooky results.
But McCain's Oct. 1-15 filing showed that the campaign paid $22,800 to Palin's traveling stylist, Amy Strozzi, an acclaimed celebrity makeup artist. In contrast, McCain's foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, was paid $12,500, the report showed.