Trump wasn’t fiddling; instead, he was playing golf
Good thing there is nothing important happening
From the online edition of today’s Palm Beach Post:
UPDATE: President Donald Trump, back at his Mar-a-Lago estate Sunday afternoon after going to his West Palm Beach-area golf course earlier, defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, then took a dig at a familiar foe, the New York Times.
And a Twitter post from The Hill, yesterday:
President Trump golfing Saturday at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL pic.twitter.com/oTNElAPGmu— The Hill (@thehill) March 7, 2020
How much golf has Trump played as president? From an article just published by the Washington Post:
The exact number of times Trump has played golf as president isn’t known because, unlike with past presidents, this White House doesn’t share information about Trump’s activities at his golf clubs. . . .
By our count, considering contemporaneous reports and the weather at the time, Trump has played about 217 rounds of golf as president, once every five days. He has visited one of his golf clubs on about 250 days as president, including his club in Bedminster, N.J., where he disappears from the public eye for weeks on end during the summer.
And didn’t Trump regularly criticize Obama for golfing? Yes, numerous times -- here is a particularly timely one:
President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2014
More Trump hypocrisy (from the Post article):
It was Trump himself, mind you, who argued that playing golf and running the country weren’t compatible. At that August 2016 event in Virginia, Trump’s insistence that he wouldn’t play golf as president was coupled with disparagement of Obama for doing exactly that.
“Look at Afghanistan, what a mess. Look at everything,” Trump said. “If we didn’t do anything with Iraq, if we never went there, if our presidents went to the beach, we’d be much better off. If they just went every single day to the beach and took it easy."
There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around and Wheeling’s “newspapers” certainly didn’t miss a chance to criticize Obama. For example, from an editorial in 2014:
Really? Obama’s were strange comments indeed, coming from a president who has been out of town golfing and for political fundraisers during much of the past month.
I'll devote the rest of this post to our local papers' criticism of the inordinate amount of time that President Trump has spent at his golf clubs.