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George W. Bush Is Most-Travelled President Of All Time

George W. Bush was often mocked for his lack of worldliness, but he saw more of the world than any other President

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US President George W. Bush waves from Air Force One as he arrives at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport on May 17, 2008. Bush arrived in Egypt today for talks with Palestinian leaders amid growing Arab criticsm of his perceived bias towards Israel and faltering peace talks. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images) — AFP/Getty Images
May 13, 2015 at 6:35 PM ET

For all the jokes about his lack of cosmopolitanism, George W. Bush took more trips abroad than any other President.

According to records compiled by the Department of State, during his tenure in the Oval Office Bush traveled out of the United States 140 times. At the moment, that’s 54 more trips than President Obama, though that gap will surely narrow by the end of 2016.

For now, only President Bill Clinton has come close to achieving such an impressive level of jet-setting, with 133 trips overseas. President Reagan, also a two-term President, only left the homeland 49 times. Whether this was due to extreme patriotism or a lack of curiosity is unknown.

International travel was fairly rare until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office. In 1943, he was the first sitting president to leave the country on an airplane.

Read More:

George W. Bush, Traveling Man? (The Washington Post)
George Bush Issued Travel Warning By Human Rights Organizations (The Guardian)