Your president, Donald Trump, left the White House on Friday to embark on a 17-day “working” vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. While all presidents deserve (and certainly take) a little time away, Trump will have enjoyed 53 “leisure” days through August 2017, according to the Washington Post, compared with President Barack Obama’s 15 through August 2009. We’re only eight months into this presidency and he already needs another escape.
CNN compared the first 196 days of Donald Trump’s, Obama’s and George W. Bush’s presidencies and found out that Trump had 41 days away from the White House, compared with Obama’s 21 and Bush’s whopping 67. Bush ... well, that’s a different story, but at least Trump has given the White House more of his time than Bush did, right?
Still, if my memory serves correctly, Trump constantly criticized Obama’s vacations as president.
In 2015 he claimed, “I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done. I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”
Oh, really? And just in case we didn’t hear him then, he reiterated in 2016: “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” according to CNN. Meanwhile, since his 2017 lackluster inauguration, Trump has been playing golf like it’s actually one of his presidential duties. I guess calling his golf time “meetings” makes it feel like work?
Either way, Trump is on his vacation and America is in shambles. If only that were really how the world works. Everything is on fire around you, so ... golf, anyone?