Donald Trump went golfing at one of his resorts on Saturday, which I ordinarily would not care one bit about. It’s an incredibly stressful job and I certainly hope every president has a hobby that helps them relax and reduces their burdens. But Trump made a HUGE deal out of Obama golfing and now golfs more than twice as often as Obama ever did. And if he’s going to set that standard, I’ll gladly hold him to it.
27 times he tweeted to complain about Obama playing golf prior to the 2016 election. “Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter” is but one example. And it wasn’t just on Twitter. At campaign rallies all over the country, he repeatedly said that he would be so busy as president, he wouldn’t have time to golf.
From one campaign event in Virginia: “I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
And if it wasn’t about golfing, he was outraged — outraged, I tell ya — by Obama taking vacations at taxpayer expense. “President Barack Obama’s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars — unbelievable!” he tweeted over and over again in different variations.
And yet he has taken more vacation times and golfed more often than any president in memory. And it’s easy to just chalk that up to him being a hypocrite, which he obviously is, and about practically everything. Or to point out, as I often do, that he just says whatever he thinks he needs to say at any given moment to get the applause of the audience, whether it’s true or not. Those things are true. But I think there’s more to it than that.
The other reason I think Trump said those things at the time without any concern for whether it was true was because he didn’t think he was going to win. His promises were never going to be tested. I think he was stunned on election night when he won. I even doubt that he was pleased with that result. I don’t think he ran for president to actually BE president at all. He never had any interest in actually doing the job. Once he won, of course, he had to take all the credit for it and proclaim himself a brilliant campaigner and pretend that he knew he was going to win. I think that’s all utter nonsense.