It looks like I won’t be the only one on vacation over the next few days.
President Donald Trump is also taking a break.
He’s worked so hard, you know. With all those early morning Tweetstorms, I’m sure his thumbs are rubbed raw and need time to heal.
Of course, my vacation is only three days. Trump’s? Seventeen days!
That said, I do think that I chose a better vacation destination. After all, had you rather go to Orange Beach or New Jersey? There won’t be a world-class golf course where I’m headed, but there will be a world-class sand trap. And I plan to get stuck in it.
Furthermore, I won’t have anyone back home investigating me and/or my staff. There is no special counsel looking into The Wetumpka Herald’s dealings with Russians or anyone else. Oh, there may be a few folks who are, for whatever reason, angry with us. There’s evidence of that on our Facebook page.
But we can sleep at night knowing that we’ve done things on the up and up. No fake news here. And no grand jury issuing subpoenas to anyone connected with us for any meeting we’ve been a part of.
Which brings me to a question: Is Trump truly taking, as his spokesperson says, a “working” vacation? And, if so, just exactly what is he working on?
Is he revamping his TrumpCare legislation so that it might at least be voted on by both houses of Congress? Is he working on his much tax reform legislation? Is he working with new chief of staff John Kelley to plug the leaks in his sinking presidential ship? Or is he – most likely is my guess – working with his personal attorneys to fend off whatever attack related to Russia is thrown at him next, to protect revelation of his true net worth and to ensure he has an empire to return to once he’s, by impeachment of ballot, removed from the Oval Office?
The reason for Trump’s vacation is something that is no doubt remarkable. In his 2004 book, “Trump: Think Like a Billionaire,” the Donald wrote, “Don’t take vacations. What’s the point? If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job.” He told Larry King of CNN (ironically among Trump’s most-hated networks now that he’s gone sour on the medium that, as much as anything else, created him with his show “The Apprentice”) “most of the people I know that are successful really don’t take vacations. Their business is their vacation. I rarely leave. You know that. You and I are friends. How often do you see me going away?”
Aw, Trump, the master of approaching things from all sides. He was a Democrat, now he’s a Republican. He was pro-choice, now he’s pro-life. He was anti-vacation, now he’s spending 17 August days in beautiful New Jersey.
Actually, let’s give the president the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it’s not that he needs a vacation. Maybe it’s that he knows that we do.
Who among us doesn’t need a break from the Tweetstorms? Who among us doesn’t need an intermission from the free-for-all that has become the Trump White House? Who among us doesn’t need a hiatus from the hot-aired stump speeches that have continued seven months into the Trump presidency?
So, thanks for the vacation, Mr. President. Now, is there anyway you could possibly stay in New Jersey?
We wouldn’t even care what exit.
David Granger is the managing editor of Tallapoosa Publishers’ Elmore County newspapers.