When will enough be enough for the American electorate regarding their president?
I am not talking about waiting for the results of the Robert Mueller Russia investigation and President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. I am not talking about the many associated indictments against some of Trump’s closest confidants.
What I am talking about is the obliteration of American values by this president both prior to and subsequent to his Electoral College victory in the 2016 presidential election. I am also talking about our expectation of a day’s work for a day’s pay by an individual who was so unexpectedly given the opportunity to serve as the president of the United States.
Some jobs require more attention than others while most jobs require more thought than others. Some jobs require more effort than others. Some jobs require more dedication than others. However, no job requires all of these aspects to the extent that does the office of president of the United States not, while Trump resides in the White House, anyway.
Trump famously took former President Barack Obama to task for playing too much golf while being president. Laughable now that Trump has played three times the amount of golf while serving as president than did his predecessor.
He has also far exceeded the number of executive orders issued than issued by his predecessor for which he also took Obama to task, but I digress. Back to topic: the laziness of the long distance president.
Not too long ago there was an uproar about a leak of the president’s schedule loaded with “executive time,” a.k.a. “playtime” for those in kindergarten, an uproar that leaves me a little baffled. There was no need for a leak.
As reporters, we receive the Daily Guidance and Press Schedule every day and the Daily Guidance and Press Schedule issued by the White House for, just as a recent example, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, below, is fairly consistent with the schedules issued throughout the last several months. It is reflective of just how little time this president spends daily on leading this country to overcome the so many challenges it faces.
In Trump’s daily guidance and press schedule for March 27, 2019, after the In-House Poll Call time, he only had lunch with the vice president in the dining room and held a Medal of Honor presentation in the East Room followed by an open press session.
Quite a full schedule, don’t you think? This schedule does not even include the daily intelligence briefing which, apparently, no longer makes it onto his schedule — great job to hold. Starting the work day at 12:30 provides plenty of time to coif his golden locks and contemplate the day’s activities from his tanning bed.
Granted, preparing for the medal of honor ceremony will take some serious preparation: how does someone who had five deferments, including deferments for bone spurs, pull off honoring a true American hero with any credibility? Now that I think of it, if anyone can, it is Trump. Conning America is his specialty.
Then, again, maybe, just maybe he is spending his executive time considering how to address our decaying infrastructure, or how to come up with that “big, beautiful healthcare” plan he so often has promised as he continues his efforts to dismantle Obamacare.
Maybe he has given a great deal of thought as to how to address the self-inflicted crises created at the southern border like the separation of children and their parents resulting from his zero-tolerance policy. Now that the policy has been discontinued, maybe he is considering addressing reunification.
Maybe he spends some of that free time thinking about how best to address the epidemic of mass shootings which, by the way, are consistently perpetrated by homegrown white males, not immigrants seeking asylum at the border.
Maybe he is not bothering to give any of these issues serious consideration during the executive time because he does his best thinking during golf time.
Maybe it is during the numerous golf outings that he gives thought to leading this country to address these problems.
Remember, in his own words; it is he alone who can solve these problems. Who needs advisers when you know everything there is to know about everything?
Now back to reality. The myriad of issues this country currently faces are not going to be easily addressed and indeed not any time soon as long as this conman sits in the Oval Office of the White House.
The top one-tenth of one percent of the wealthiest Americans account for as much wealth as the bottom ninety percent of Americans.
As a matter of fact, worldwide, the 26 wealthiest individuals account for as much wealth as the bottom 3.8 billion people or half the world’s population. Is there really anyone who expects income inequality in this country to be addressed with a tax break that actually does benefit the ever-shrinking middle class as long as Trump and his Republican enablers have control? Have any of you noticed a difference in the amount of your tax refund this year versus last year?
Not too long ago, Trump told his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “not to bother” with press briefings. His tweet: The reason Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular, certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!
She certainly has taken her president’s suggestion seriously since there have been precisely three “daily” press briefings in the Brady Press Room since the beginning of January.
The last one was some 44 days ago, a new record for going without an official press briefing. That record, of course, broke the previous record of 42 days established in March by that same press secretary. Similar to Tiger Woods completing the “Tiger Slam”….twice, I guess.
On the one hand, not having Sanders brief the press will drastically reduce the amount of inaccurate and misleading information emanating from the White House.
As part of the recently released Mueller Report, Sanders is cited as admitting under oath to Mueller’s investigators that she made false statements to the press after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey in May 2017.
Sanders told Mueller that her comment that “countless” FBI employees had told her they supported the president’s decision was “a slip of the tongue.” She also said a second utterance in which she said that Trump and “the rest of the FBI” had lost confidence in Comey was made “in the heat of the moment.” Mueller’s report concluded that her comments were “not founded on anything.” As someone who sat in the press room when she was asked to name anyone from the FBI who contacted her and she could not, it was not a very well-kept secret that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not a credible voice of the White House. Never was, never will be.
However, on the other hand, eliminating daily press briefings is an easy way to avoid responding to questions dealing with the real issues we face as a nation and the absence of any comprehensive plans to deal with those challenges regardless of credibility issues. Getting information on the record is important for the American people.
Back to Trump’s work ethic, maybe the most revealing clue to the lack of a work ethic with this president is his empty desk…literally, an empty desk.
What job utilizes a desk that has nothing on it? You know, inbox, outbox, that sort of thing. There is nothing on his desk. Apparently, when there is nothing that captures one’s interest to read, assuming one is capable of reading in the first place, there is no need to have any documents on the president’s desk. Of concern is the reality that this president is not interested in or curious about reading the information prior to arriving at his shoot from the hip conclusions.
THAT is pretty scary and should be of concern to every American. Try to remember this come November 2020.