The Tricky Politics of Campaign Vacations - PICTURES

Aug. 2, 2012, 4 a.m.

Cam­paign­ing for the pres­id­ency is ex­haust­ing work. Can­did­ates are con­stantly on the move, mak­ing ap­pear­ances, en­er­giz­ing crowds, and strategiz­ing with their teams. And all the while they have to re­main com­posed and cam­era-ready. They de­serve some time off, right? But the de­cision of where to re­lax is fraught with polit­ic­al con­sequences; op­pon­ents can use too-ritzy loc­ales or odd hob­bies against their rivals. Case in point: Sen. John Kerry wind­surf­ing while on va­ca­tion dur­ing the 2008 cam­paign. 

(RE­LATED: Cam­paign-Sea­son Va­ca­tions Are OK, but Be­ware of Wa­ter Sports)

Here’s a look at where pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates past and present have va­ca­tioned.