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Level of Public Activities of the President
Hoover - Clinton

President Total average # / yr. average
# / month
Hoover 398 100 8.3
Roosevelt I 423 106 8.8
Roosevelt II 434 109 9.0
Roosevelt III/IV 336 84 6.5
Truman I 248 62 5.2
Truman II 520 130 10.8
Eisenhower I 330 83 6.9
Eisenhower II 338 85 7.0
Kennedy 658 219 18.8
Johnson 1,463 293 24.0
Nixon I 634 159 13.2
Nixon II 204 113 10.2
Ford 756 344 26.0
Carter 1,047 262 22.0
Reagan I 1,194 299 24.9
Reagan II 852 213 18.0
Bush 1,244 311 26.0
Clinton I 1,371 343 28.5
Clinton II (1997 only) 344 -- 28.7


Source: Lyn Ragsdale, Vital Statistics on the Presidency (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1998), 183.

*a public activity is defined as including all domestic public appearances by a president, including major speeches, news conferences, minor speeches,Washington appearances, and U.S. appearances, but not political appearances

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