Monday, December 25, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He forgot the rest of the country doesn't work on the Trump schedule.

This afternoon, Trump tweeted his Christmas greetings, then reminded the nation that "tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again!"

Many Americans will indeed be going back to work tomorrow--assuming they had today off--but Trump is in the middle of a 10-day stay at Mar-a-Lago, his vacation resort and the de facto Winter White House. His public schedule is blank, meaning that his communications staff has abandoned even the pretense of a work day.

Even Trump cannot fully escape all the responsibilities of the presidency while away from the (official) White House, but he usually tries his best, and this extended vacation is no different: as usual, he's been spending it golfing

So what?

  • It's fine for a president to vacation, but he doesn't have to taunt Americans who actually do have to go to work.
  • It's not great if it doesn't even occur to the president of the United States that some people really do work on holidays.