He was no micro-manager.
Dick Chaney, unfortunately, was. But that’s beside the point.
George Bush apparently wasn’t. He liked to take his time away from the office. And that’s good.
The Presidency is such an insane job that it’s nuts for anyone to even try to do it all. Get a handful of trusted associates, some of them superb manages, if not all, and let them do their jobs. And see that they, in turn do likewise: pick good subordinates, etc.
That way you can all set a good example of work/life balance.
Why? Because micro-managers are a pain in the ass and just make things worse for their direct reports without actually achieving any increase in effectiveness.
It’s about the job, not you.
I’m thinking G. W. Bush understood that. He just had a lousy set of ideas about what needed to get done.