Running a country—it’s tough stuff. Your guess is as good as ours as to how George Washington let off steam back in the day, but for our more recent leaders, there is photographic evidence of them lounging, jogging, and traveling to take the edge off. And golfing. A lot of golfing. Here are 41 photos of our presidents relaxing and having fun through the years.
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Bill Clinton and Senator Joseph Lieberman talk shop during a jog in 1993.
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John F. Kennedy steers a sailboat in 1961.
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Ronald and Nancy Reagan take a stroll on a Hawaiian beach in 1986.
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Lyndon B. Johnson plays with his dog Yuki during a working vacation on his Texas ranch in 1968.
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John F. Kennedy and his daughter Caroline take a boat ride in the ’60s.
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Jimmy Carter fly fishes on a private trout stream while on vacation in the Rocky Mountains in 1978.
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Barack Obama resurfaces in January 2017 in the British Virgin Islands to go kitesurfing with Richard Branson.
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Obama takes a break from kitesurfing to snap this incredibly viral photo.
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Richard Nixon, vice president at the time, gets golfing guidance during a vacation.
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Gerald Ford takes a dip with French president Valery Giscard D’Estaing during a working vacation on the island of Martinique in 1974.
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Teddy Roosevelt poses with naturalist John Muir during a 1903 trip to Yosemite Valley in California.
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Donald Trump takes one of many, many trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort to golf in 2017.
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Dwight Eisenhower lines up a putt while golfing in 1953.
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George Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger share a toboggan at Camp David in 1991.
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Barack Obama plays with members of his cabinet and Congressmen on the White House basketball court in 2009.
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Ronald Reagan follows through on a golf shot in 1988.
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Woodrow Wilson throws out the first pitch at a baseball game in 1916.
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George H. W. Bush celebrates his 80th birthday by parachuting with the United States Army Golden Knights in 2004.
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Gerald R. Ford does push-ups in his PJs in the White House in 1975.
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Bill Clinton chomps on a cigar while golfing in Scotland in 2009.
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William Taft hits the links in an undated photo.
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George H. W. Bush goes jogging in Washington, D.C. in 1989.
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Barack Obama golfs in Kailua, Hawaii during a Christmas vacation in 2015.
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Franklin Roosevelt takes a ride on the presidential yacht in Massachusetts in 1933.
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George W. Bush fishes with his father and brother off the Maine coast during Father’s Day weekend in 2003.
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Harry Truman leads a bunch of newsmen in calisthenics during a 12-day cruise from Rio de Janeiro in 1947.
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Calvin Coolidge dons a cowboy outfit—complete with personalized chaps—for a 4th of July celebration in 1927.
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The Clintons spy some elk on a family vacation in 1996.
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Ronald Reagan gets ready to do some outdoor work at his California ranch in 1985.
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Jimmy Carter tackles a 10k in the Catoctin Mountain Park near Camp David in 1979.
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