Trump has long been busy with his 2020 Presidential reelection campaign; in fact, it’s been an annoying barrage of rallies, changing mottos and ongoing endorsements of various Republicans since he was elected back in 2016.
According to a new piece released by The New York Times yesterday, inside of Trump’s campaign orbit, aides are worried that the now 72 year old president may not be physically (or mentally) capable of campaigning as hard as was able to in 2015 and ’16.
At the tail end of the article, the following in swiftly thrown in, yet totally worth your attention:
‘After two years in office, Mr. Trump, 72, is tired, aides said. The unstoppable campaigner, so far, will commit to participating in only one campaign event a day, and recently balked at a possible rally out West during a fund-raising swing. The rally may still happen, people familiar with the plans said, but only because campaign officials insisted on it.‘
“Mr. Trump” seems to be nearing a phase of being incapable of maintaining a schedule that is required of the President of the United States. This is hilarious for most of us, because lest we not forget all of his disses in regards to health and calling out his opponents for being low-energy. My, how the tables have turned!
For some comparison on just how badly Trump compares to his predecessors, check out this breakdown by Axios:
Trump Compared With George W. Bush’s Schedule
- Bush’s calendar was tightly scheduled and booked out months ahead.
- Bush would wake around 5:15 a.m.; have coffee with his wife, Laura; read the newspapers; and get to the Oval Office by 6:45 a.m., per a former top aide who spoke anonymously to avoid offending Trump.
- Bush 43 was assiduously punctual. His schedulers broke his days into 10-minute increments, with the first meeting around 8:15 a.m., according to the former aide.
- A 20-minute meeting would run over two increments; meetings started early and finished on time. If Bush wanted to continue a conversation with an outsider, his staff would schedule a follow-up meeting.
- He sometimes watched sports in the residence, but rarely watched TV in the West Wing.
- After Bush finished his workday, around 5:30 or 6 p.m., he’d do a workout on his stationary bike, finish dinner by 7:30 p.m., read his briefing materials in the Treaty Room, and be in bed reading a book by about 9 p.m., according to the former aide.
Trump Compared With Barack Obama’s Schedule
- His daily private schedule would typically have 6 meetings, as well as intelligence and economic briefings, according to Alyssa Mastromonaco, his deputy chief of staff for operations.
- Obama would usually get to the Oval Office around 9 a.m. and leave around 6 or 6:30 p.m. for dinner with the first lady and his daughters. He would have evening events around 3 nights a week and would travel domestically about 3 times a month, Mastromonaco said.
- “There were unscheduled blocks of time, but they were a rare occurrence, and usually leading into bigger moments — foreign trips, State of the Union, etc.,” she emailed.
(For more analysis by Axios, click here.)
Trump’s upcoming game plan for campaigning has those closest to him very concerned. The NY Times, in their article went on to state “Democrats and Republicans see an electoral map that will be far more challenging for Mr. Trump, whose support in three key states has sagged, and who faces an invigorated and organic level of Democratic turnout.”
One of Trump’s recent issues, according to aides, is his refusal to schedule multiple rallies. In particular, rally stops that would require the president to travel substantially.
It is interesting to think just how productive Trump could be if he didn’t require so much “Executive Time,” didn’t golf as often as he does, and lastly, ditched the McDonald’s for some fresh fruit and produce.
You take care of yourself and you can take care of the country, Donald.
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