Ever since it was announced last week, President Trump’s 17-day trip to his New Jersey golf club has outraged much of the country. Some of the frustration comes from the fact that, in the first eight months of his presidency, Trump has had 53 “leisure” days, while President Obama had 15 during his first eight months. There’s also the fact that Trump is taking this vacation after repeatedly criticizing Obama for spending too much time away from the White House.
In July 2015, Trump told his supporters that, if he won the election, he 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.’
He echoed this statement in August 2016 when he said:
‘I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.’
Clearly, Trump has time to go play golf. In fact, he hit the links almost as soon as his vacation started, despite his insistence that he was actually participating in “meetings and calls” while in New Jersey.
Photos and videos have already surfaced from Trump’s trip to New Jersey. They show him riding in a golf cart and greeting guests at a wedding, but not doing anything that looks like either a meeting or a call.
“This is not a vacation,” @realDonaldTrump tweets.
Meanwhile, on Instagram pic.twitter.com/OL4YXzty6k
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) August 5, 2017
As the photos and videos have made their way around social media, it’s been hard for people not to notice the difference between Trump’s first vacation and President Obama’s.
On Sunday, Oliver Willis, a senior writer for Shareblue, shared a photo from President Obama’s first vacation and pointed out that Obama spent his first vacation with his children, “not with other old people on a golf course.”
when obama did go on a short vacation in august 2009, he was with his kids, not with other old people on a golf course. i mean… pic.twitter.com/j5TrPYguxS
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 6, 2017
Willis makes a fair point, especially considering the fact that Trump has an 11-year-old son, Barron, who presumably would like to spend some time with his father. Then again, as some of Willis’ followers have pointed out, Barron might be better off spending as little time with his dad as possible.
In addition to joking about Trump’s kids not liking him, Willis’ followers also criticized the president for spending so much time away from the White House after saying he would never take vacations.
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