Trump Has a Lot of Free Time – Is That a Good or Bad Thing?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about just how little work President Donald Trump has been doing in the White House, which in turn inspires a lot of jokes – should we really be complaining that a man that incompetent isn’t doing enough? Would we even like it if he were taking more of a proactive role in the government?

I used to subscribe to the belief that we were better off having him be fairly inactive, but I’ve come around to the idea that this man really needs to be kept much busier to curb his worst impulses. If he wants to run for reelection, let’s make sure he knows what the job actually entails!

 

LEAKED SCHEDULES

Last week, Axios got its hands on Trump’s schedules for the past few months, and over 60 percent of the president’s “planned” time is designated simply as “Executive Time.”

Honestly, it’s a wonder that the White House hasn’t designated a new euphemism for this midday free time, seeing as it’s been over a year since we’ve discovered that “Executive Time” typically consists of the president watching TV, tweeting and making random calls with friends and media personalities.

Evidently, the president is still doing a whole lot of nothing. He typically doesn’t take his first meeting until at least 11 a.m. Axios also compared Trump’s schedule to the previous two presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and the differences are night and day. Their days were jam-packed with non-stop events, travel and meetings with very little unstructured free time to speak of.

Trump responded to the schedule release with a tweet: “The media was able to get work schedule, something very easy to do, but it should have been reported as a positive, not negative. When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President.”

Realistically, Trump has no idea how much work past presidents put into their jobs, but it’s predictable that he’d decide he must do the most of it because he’s prone to unwarranted hyperbole.

Also, let’s not pretend that getting his schedule is “very easy to do” considering that he doesn’t release it publicly like his predecessor. Trump similarly dumped access to White House visitor logs; at the time that lack of transparency seemed like an attempt to conceal his meetings with special interest groups, but it’s looking equally likely that it’s an attempt to hide how little Trump is doing.

Besides, Trump must actually be embarrassed about his schedule after all because the White House is hunting for whoever leaked the schedules. Amusingly, since that hunt began, the leaker has released more schedules.

BUT DO WE ACTUALLY WANT HIM WORKING?

Again, my answer to this question – after much consideration – is yes. Trump might cause the most problems during this free time, swallowing the views of Fox News pundits as he sits in front of the television for hours. There’s plenty of evidence that Trump literally parrots Fox talking points shortly after they air.

Wouldn’t it be nice if he were coming up with opinions on current events from his own intelligence agencies instead? At the point where he calls his intelligence agencies “wrong” and takes the word of Fox News, we’ve got a major problem. The whole government shutdown fiasco probably could have been avoided if he were taking the advice of staffers rather than conservative media figures.

Moreover, the Tweeter-in-Chief spends so much of his day stoking culture wars via his social media account. His frequently covered Twitter comments are rarely about formal policy, but they do serve to split the American people. That’s not good for the country on the whole, it just appeals to his base who revels in the divisiveness. Keep him as busy as Obama or Bush, and Trump wouldn’t have time to know the latest on Colin Kaepernick.

It’s not like nobody else is working at the White House. He’s drained refilled the swamp with assorted lobbyists, millionaires and family members who make self-serving decisions over ones that benefit the country. Granted, there’s hardly a guarantee that Trump’s input would improve anything, but it’s hard to imagine it getting significantly worse.

Most of all, I want the president to work not just because the president should work, but because he ought to actually try doing the work of a normal president before getting too deep into this reelection process. If he’s not up for that, let’s find someone else to do the job – please!

44 comments

Danuta W
Danuta Watolaabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing

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heather g
heather gabout a month ago

I rarely read anything about him....

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohnabout a month ago

Noted

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Fran F
Fran Fabout a month ago

So much for the constant republcon lies that Presidents Obama and Clinton spent too much time on golf and vacations! Trump, George W. Bush and Reagan have all been notoriously lazy while in office. Thanks, folks, for all the great comments here!

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Janis K
Janis Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Alea C
Alea Cabout a month ago

Trumputin needs to have 100% of his time freed up by being convicted of treason, among other things, and sent to prison.

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Debbi W
Debbi Wabout a month ago

I say the more free time he has, the less damage he's doing to our country. Let him watch tv or play games or whatever. Hell, he can spend as much time as his golf courses would be great, accept that he Bills the government for the rooms his secret security team uses!

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a month ago

TYFS

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Shirley S
Shirley Sabout a month ago

Trump is a pretend president. Just like a child pretends when at play.

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Marty Price
Marty Pabout a month ago

Watching TV and tweeting... Sounds about right in the busy life of The Boss Baby! David F....LMAO

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