With the energy of two guys half his age, President-elect Donald Trump has already shown the media that this won’t be a President Barack Obama White House.
The White House has many lovely holiday traditions — decorations, greenery, music performances — but the tradition for the last eight years has been vacations. Lots of them.
Gone are the years reporting from Hawaii. With less then four weeks to go until he assumes office, any reporter who wants to keep up with Trump is somewhere near his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the Washington Examiner — and they’ll be reporting on his work, not taking pictures of Trump in a ridiculous bicycle helmet.
The endless parade of corporate executives and political leaders keeps reporters busy nearly around the clock. One wonders when the man sleeps.
Obama is notorious for his love of vacationing, and more so for when we should have returned and didn’t. After Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was severely battered by hurricanes in August 2016, Obama famously refused to leave his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
With exactly 72 days between the election and his inauguration, and incoming president has not a moment to waste. An entire administrative structure must be built, with 15 cabinet positions and countless other leadership roles filled.
In 2011 (perhaps already thinking about a run for office?), Trump told Fox News, “Obama takes more vacations than any human being I’ve ever seen.” Indeed, Obama’s penchant for golf and long vacations is somewhat of an inside joke among reporters.
Except it’s not funny.
Trump told CBS News in November that vacations would not be his priority.
“I mean, there’s just so much to be done. So I don’t think we’ll be very big on vacations, no,” he said. Trump also said that he would be foregoing his $400,000 annual salary.
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