By Lynn R. Mitchell
Everyone knows about President Barack Obama’s late problem. He has kept reporters on hold by showing up an hour after the appointed hour and has become notorious for not being on time. Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post noticed (see Why is the president always late?):
The Post documents what anyone following President Obama’s speeches and press conferences knows: He is really late. A lot. “Obama has been a cumulative 2,121 minutes late to events in 2014. That’s 35 hours, 21 minutes — or almost a day and a half — that his audiences have been waiting for him to speak.” On average, that is only 11 minutes per event, but in some cases (for his Wednesday afternoon press conference, for example) he can be an hour late. (George W. Bush was famously punctual.)
She’s right about President Bush. He made it a point to be on time and felt it was inconsiderate to keep people waiting, firmly believing your time was just as important as his.
Yet another difference in the president present and the one just before.