Donald Trump does not like to read, and he was so concerned about his people finding out about his grades that he sent his personal attorney and fixer bury them. Oh sure, he uses words such as “treason,” “attempted coup,” and “strong economy.” Of course, that does not mean he knows their definitions. When France’s President Emmanuel Macron came to visit, Trump may have had his first history lesson.
The two men took a tour of our first president, George Washington’s, home at Mount Vernon. Trump did not get why Washington would not slap his name on any of his properties, according to POLITICO:
‘If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it. You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you.’
Mount Vernon president and CEO Doug Bradburn was tour guide for the president’s group. Afterward, the VIPs’ tour guide for the evening quipped that the first president did get the capitol named after him, though.
Historian and author Jon Meacham noted that Trump’s lack of interest in presidential history makes him look pretty bad compared to all of the other presidents, even George W. Bush:
‘(Means he has) basically thrown out the one data set available to him. We don’t have anything else to study. It’s all you got.’
The people who will probably vote for POTUS in the 2020 presidential election, may not care about history, unfortunately, Meachum continued:
‘His supporters don’t care, and if anything they enjoy the fact that the liberal snobs are upset (about history).’
On President George Washington’s 275th birthday President George W. Bush gave high marks to the founding fathers:
‘…many would have gladly made King of America (for giving up his power). Honoring George Washington’s life requires us to remember the many challenges that he overcame, and the fact that American history would have turned out very differently without his steady leadership.’
Trump noticed a bed where Washington died from a throat infection in 1799. The current president commented:
‘A good bed to die in.’
The 45th president likes General George Patton, but a man who worked direcctly for the general in World War II said that the general was crazed. The man would rush to the front line to lead the charge, much like a fiery Nordic god.
The president’s disinterest in Washington made it tough for tour guide Bradburn to sustain Trump’s interest during the 45-minute tour. After the tour, Bradburn told his associates that it was “truly bizarre.” He noted that the Macrons knew far more about the U.S.’s first president than Trump.
Instead, POTUS complained that the rooms were “too small, the staircases too narrow,” and some of the floors were uneven. He said he could have built a better 11,000 square foot mansion for less money. Then, he asked the tour guide if Washington was “really rich.”
The Mount Vernon spokesperson said:
‘Mount Vernon has a policy of not providing details about high profile visits outside of the official statements provided by the organization.’