Where the President Travels

It used to be that presidents never traveled outside of our country. Getting elected to the Oval Office meant staying there during your term. International diplomatic travel was done by ambassadors and Secretaries of State. Part of it, especially for America, was that before the advent of airplanes it took a very long time to cross an ocean in a boat. Woodrow Wilson really was doing something unprecedented when he went over to Europe to negotiate the end of first world war as president. Now a grueling travel schedule is part of the job description of being president. Even just running for president requires jet-setting across America for years to campaign. Teddy Roosevelt stepped foot outside America only once as president. A century later, George W. Bush made a total of 140 diplomatic visits to 74 different countries during his presidency. Barack Obama is at 62 official visits to 43 different countries so far. The travel requirements for being president have certainly increased over the years. TIME has a great interactive map of what countries our presidents have visited and how often since 1900. Britain leads the pack for presidential visits with 58 followed by France, Canada, Mexico, and Germany. At least the president has a his own plane.

president map

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