Last night, and in his follow up attack ad today, Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama for not yet visiting Israel. But Romney will have to add nine of the past eleven presidents to his list, including both Presidents Bush, and Presidents Reagan, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Truman to his list.
President Obama is in his fourth year in office. At this point, only Presidents Clinton and Carter — both Democrats — had visited Israel as president.
Noting “Obama’s failure to travel to Israel thus far is not unusual at all,” the Washington Post looked into this very issue in August, and reported:
The State Department historian’s office maintains a list of presidential foreign travels, so we can quickly see which presidents have visited Israel — and when. Here’s the list since Israel’s founding:
Harry Truman: no visit
Dwight Eisenhower: no visit
John Kennedy: no visit
Lyndon Johnson: no visit
Richard Nixon: sixth year of presidency
Gerald Ford: no visit
Jimmy Carter: third year of presidency
Ronald Reagan: no visit
George H.W. Bush: no visit
Bill Clinton: 4 visits—in the second, third, fourth and sixth years of his presidency
George W. Bush: 2 visits—in the eighth year of his presidency
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