Seemingly worst of all, in the minds of Obama’s critics, was the Hillary hit. In the Washington Post, Dana Milbank listed the various searing hot spots that Obama might be neglecting, but started off with this even more immediate catastrophe: “
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A better sense of proportion is one of those valuable benefits that often come with a holiday. After spending time by the sea or hiking in a forest or driving down a highway far from home, or even after whacking a little white ball toward a series of holes in a perfectly manicured lawn, a person can come away refreshed with a clearer mind and a new take on ever-present problems.
It also ignores something that is understood by anyone with a cellphone and an email account: You never really leave the office behind these days, thanks to our modern means of communication and constant connection. On too many vacations, work comes along. The president's work obviously came along with him and, with the powerful array of communications tools at his disposal, he was no more out of touch than he would be if he were helping his girls with their homework upstairs at the White House.
Arguably, it is a very good thing to have a man who is faced with so many crises and so many tough decisions take a mental break. Chances are, his decisions will improve. A recent Atlantic article about our work-obsessed nation noted that skipping holidays and working long hours not only causes life-shortening stress, it actually hurts productivity and leads to poor focus and disengagement on the job. The magazine cites various studies that show "length of work and quality of work at a certain point become inversely related."