Something Special About Vermont

Vermont's distinction as the only state that President Bush has not stepped foot in since taking office is drawing nationwide media attention. Senator Bernie Sanders long ago personally invited the president to visit Vermont, so far to no avail.The White House correspondent for Cox newspapers weighed in over the weekend quoting Ari Fleischer, a former Bush spokesman, saying Bush should stay away. "It would make the protests in Europe look small. ... I don't see any good purpose other than to che

Vermont's distinction as the only state that President Bush has not stepped foot in since taking office is drawing nationwide media attention. Senator Bernie Sanders long ago personally invited the president to visit Vermont, so far to no avail.The White House correspondent for Cox newspapers weighed in over the weekend quoting Ari Fleischer, a former Bush spokesman, saying Bush should stay away. "It would make the protests in Europe look small. ... I don't see any good purpose other than to check the box to say he was in all 50 states." The Burlington Free Press recently wrote about what the Gannett newspaper's Washington Bureau reporter called a "high-level snubbing of the state" by Bush. It's not that the president doesn't get around. When he returned from the Olympics in Beijing, that three-nation Asian swing made him the most-traveled U.S. president in history. His 136 foreign trips surpass Clinton's 133 trips abroad.

To read the Cox story on Bush and Vermont published by the Houston Chronicle, click here.

To check out the USA Today chart on presidential travels, click here.

To read the Free Press article, click here.