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President Bush By The Numbers

This story was written by CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller.

There are many ways to assess President Bush's eight years in office. Countless hours of broadcast time and tons of newsprint are being consumed in that pursuit these days.

And you can agree or not with what's being said and written.

It's difficult for any of us to convey an objective assessment of the Bush presidency - but numbers come close to offering a bit of unbiased insight.

So here - in no particular order - are some of the numbers that mark the record of the 43rd President of the United States. When no source is cited, the numbers are from the tallies I maintained during day-to-day coverage of President Bush.

  • National Debt Increase: $4.9 trillion.

    National Debt as of Jan. 15, 2009: $10.6 trillion
    Debt when Mr. Bush took office: $5.7 trillion
    (Source: U.S. Treasury Dept.)

  • Number Of Political Fund-Raisers Attended By President Bush: 338
  • Amount Or Money Raised At These Fund-Raisers: $802,586,070
    (Some campaigns refused to disclose the amounts)
  • Number Of Baseball Games Attended: 12
    (Including Game 3 of the World Series in Yankee Stadium on Oct. 30, 2001)
  • Number Of All Sporting Events Attended: 98
    (Counting the Beijing Olympics as one)
  • Number of Cabinet Meetings: 49
  • Number Of Times President Bush Had Dinner Out At A Restaurant: 21
  • U.S. Military Deaths In Iraq: 4,228
    (Source: Dept of Defense as of Jan. 16, 2009)
  • U.S. Military Deaths In Afghanistan: 634
    (Source: Dept. of Defense as of Jan. 16, 2009)
  • Medals Of Honor Bestowed By Pres. Bush: 12
    (Nine were awarded posthumously. Four were for service in Iraq, 1 for Afghanistan.)
  • Number Of Commencement Speeches Delivered: 23
    (The last one was Dec 12, 2008, at Texas A&M)
  • Number Of Visits To Camp David: 149, totaling all or part of 487 days.
  • Number Of Foreign Leader Visits To Camp David: 19, including 3 by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and 2 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Number Of Visits To His Texas Ranch: 77, totaling all or part of 490 days.
  • Number Of Foreign Leader Visits To His Texas Ranch: 20, including 2 by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (Crown Prince at the time) and 2 by President Vicente Fox of Mexico.
  • Number Of Visits To His Parents' Home In Kennebunkport, Maine: 11, totaling all or part of 43 days.
  • Number Of Out Of Town Domestic Trips: 609
    (That's not counting Camp David visits or bike riding outings)
  • Number Of Foreign Trips: 49
  • Number Of Foreign Nations Visited: 75
  • Foreign Nations Visited Most: Mexico, Italy and Russia, 6 times each.
  • Number Of Rounds Of Golf Played As President: 24
    (The last one on Oct. 13, 2003. President Bush has since explained that he stopped playing golf out of respect for the families of Americans killed in the war in Iraq.)
  • Number Of Katrina-Related Visits To The Gulf Coast: 18
  • Number Of Formal, Solo, White House News Conferences: 44
  • Total Number Of News Conferences: 212
    (Including many joint sessions with foreign leaders at home and abroad)
  • Number Of News Conferences At Which Shoes Were Thrown At Him: 1
  • Number Of Presidential Pardons: 189

    By Comparison:

    Bill Clinton: 396
    George H.W. Bush: 74
    Ronald Reagan: 393
    Jimmy Carter: 534
    Gerald Ford: 382
    Richard Nixon: 863
    Lyndon Johnson: 960
    John Kennedy: 472
    Dwight Eisenhower: 1110
    Harry S. Truman: 1913

  • Number Of Commutations Of Sentence: 11
  • Number Of Recess Appointments: 165
    (Source: Senate Historian)

    Democrats blocked the practice in the fall of 2007 by keeping the Senate in session even during holiday periods.

  • Addresses To The Nation: 23
    (The last was his Farewell Address on Jan. 15, 2009)
  • Addresses To Joint Sessions Of Congress: 9
    (Of which 7 were State of the Union speeches)
  • State Dinners For Foreign Leaders: 6

    Pres. Vicente Fox of Mexico
    Pres. Alexander Krasniewski of Poland
    Pres. Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines
    Pres. Mwai Kibaki of Kenya
    Queen Elizabeth II of UK
    Pres. John Kufuor of Ghana

  • States Not Visited As President: 1, Vermont.
    (Last of the other 49 to be visited: Rhode Island, June 28, 2007.)
  • Vetoes: 12, including 1 pocket veto.
    (President Bush did not cast his first veto until his sixth year in office - a measure to extend federal funding of stem cell research.)

    By comparison:

    Bill Clinton cast 37 (not counting line item vetoes)
    George H.W. Bush: 44
    Reagan: 78
    Carter: 31
    Ford: 66
    FDR: 635

  • Vetoes Overridden By Congress: 4

    H.R. 1495 - the Water Resources Development Act of 2007
    H.R. 2419 - the $289-billion "Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008"
    H.R. 6124 - The "Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008."
    H.R. 6331 - the "Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008."

  • Number Of Flights On Air Force One: 1,674
    (Source: Presidential Airlift Group)
  • Number Of Miles Flown On Air Force One: 1,490,698
    (Presidential Airlift Group)
  • Number Of Chiefs Of Staff: 2, Andrew Card and Josh Bolten.
  • Number Of Press Secretaries: 4, Ari Fleischer, Scott McClellan, Tony Snow and Dana Perino.
    By Mark Knoller
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