Barack Obama is on pace to become the most-traveled president in U.S. history, according to a new study conducted by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation
. In just his first two years in office, Obama has spent more days out of the country than any other commander in chief other than Bill Clinton who, during his eight years in office, was out of the country an average of 29.1 days per year.
The study found that Obama has made 15 trips as chief executive and visited 26 countries during an accumulated period of 55 total days, a figure that exceeds the previous record of 54 days held by George H.W. Bush. At this rate, Obama would rack up a total of 110 travel days over four years, which would surpass the number of days that Bush spent during his four years in office (102 days, or an average of 25.5 days per year).
The bulk of Obama’s journeys abroad took place during his first year in office, the study found. In 2009, Obama made 10 trips to 21 countries and was out of the United States a total of 37 days. The senior Bush took seven trips to 17 countries over 28 days during the course of his first year in office.
Richard Nixon took three trips in each of his first two years, and Ronald Reagan made four trips in each. Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush all took more trips in their second year.
Obama’s five trips abroad this year had him out of the country just 18 days, the fewest days in a president’s second year of office since Jimmy Carter traveled a total of 13 days in 1978.
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