For the Christmas holiday, Obama has decided to go golfing in Hawaii on the taxpayer’s dime. Trump, however, is doing something a little different.
Donald Trump has announced that he will be working right up to Christmas, making cabinet appointments and holding transition meetings from his Palm Beach estate into the holidays, as per The Washington Examiner. Reporters are seeing corporate executives and Pentagon personnel coming and going from Trump meetings.
This behavior is an example of what Trump apparently believes about vacations, saying in his “Don’t take vacations. What’s the point?” in his book Think Like a Billionaire. Trump has also stated that he wants to avoid taking big vacations while he is the President.
It is quite ironic that Barack Obama is spending more time golfing than Donald Trump is when Trump owns some of the biggest and most expensive golf courses in the world. That is because Trump is focused on getting this country going again on day one and Barack Obama does not care.
In fact, in 2011, Donald Trump told Fox News that Obama “takes more vacations than any human I’ve ever seen.” You will remember Obama being criticized in the past for not taking time away from his vacation to deal with the terrible flood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after he criticized George Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
This is just the latest signal that Trump is sending to tell people that he is going to do things differently than Barack Obama, who is doing everything he can to have an out of sight, private holiday after being so tired from campaigning for Hillary Clinton for so long.
It appears that taking long vacations might be a trait shared by all Democrats. In August of 2015, Hillary Clinton took time off from campaigning in the Presidential Primary to hang out with donors in the Hamptons. While she was there, she stayed in a beachfront mansion that charged $50,000 per week, but had to cut the trip short when the story broke that the FBI was investigating her emails.
Now, people are saying that Clinton’s decision to spend so much time off the campaign trail speaking to rich donors hurt her campaign. Yes, she lost in part because she was hanging out with her rich friends, but not for any of the other excuses that the left has been coming up with.
In the days leading up to Christmas, Trump has appointed his Press Secretary Sean Spicer. He’s also given Jason Miller the position of White House Communications Director. I believe Trump will be announcing more appointments and agenda points, perhaps even on Christmas Day.
I think that the contrast we see in the vacation decisions between Trump and Obama is a good indication of how different their presidencies will be. Obama used a lead from behind style and mostly liked to stay out of foreign affairs. Trump, on the other hand, will be much more active and set the international agenda, rather than just react to what our adversaries are doing.
Trump is even engaging in international relations while Obama is trying to sink a putt. Vladimir Putin sent Trump a Christmas letter saying that he wants to restore bilateral relations between the two countries. Hopefully, this Christmas will mark a new era of US-Russian relations.
Now, we as Americans can open our presents in peace because we know our President-Elect is working tirelessly to form a new government that will be ready on January 20. We appreciate everything you are doing Donald Trump! Also, Merry Christmas!
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