WASHINGTON | The president, Donald Trump has left on Friday Washington and the White House for a holiday of 17 days he will spend in one of the golf clubs and luxury, of which he is the owner. Today, as critics point out, Mr Trump's 17-day holiday is almost twice as long as the one Mr Obama took in August during his first year.
In the West Wing, numerous president's most controversial decisions have been attributed to bad information, partially because the president is easily swayed by the last person he has talked to - or the last thing he has read. It's not because any president deserves to have a staff loyal enough to him not to release highly sensitive information for whatever reason the leaker might have, though he should. We know that the nation is not at war, by the way, because the State Department told us this week that we don't need Congress to debate and vote on an authorization for the use of force in Syria or elsewhere.
He quietly scheduled a 17-day vacation to his private golf club in New Jersey two weeks ago, on which he officially set off Thursday - the same day it was reported that special counsel Robert Mueller has empaneled a grand jury in Washington as the next step in his Russian Federation probe. But if this person is accepting a paycheck to work for the president while secretly undermining him, then he's a liar.
"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf". Indeed from even before Mr. Trump took the oath of office these efforts were already underway.
"I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done", Trump said in July 2015.
Panetta, who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of defense under President Barack Obama, said he faced many similar issues when he became Clinton's chief of staff in 1994. "If you're not enjoying your work, you're in the wrong job", Trump had tweeted back in 2012. He cannot pressure, he cannot negotiate, he cannot coordinate.
This is what's commonly known as being super, super hypocritical - not an uncommon look for politicians, but still worth calling out. The Trump-hating media have been having a field day with "sources" and probably wish that the party would go on forever. The Republican base thought Obama was lazy, distracted and ineffective. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
"Don't take vacations. What's the point?" This is brand building, this is his wheelhouse, making deals on the phone.
If Obama vacationed, Trump wouldn't.
Colbert also referenced the renovations the White House will undergo during Trump's time away. But he plays golf whenever he's at his clubs; sometimes the full 18 holes, other times less than that. But that time is not now.
Just like an episode of HGTV's "Fixer Upper", the minute Trump leaves, workers will begin around-the-clock renovations to the West Wing, including structural repairs to address a ceiling leak, HVAC work and repairs to the South Portico steps on the South Lawn.