I have never ever had a desire to be President of the United States of America. It always just seemed like a lot of hard work, long hours, stress, and a ton of other stuff no one wants to deal with. And, all things considered, the pay isn’t even that great. But I, and many people I know, wouldn’t mind having President Donald Trump’s “work” schedule.
Recent reports have been released about Trump’s work day schedules and they are…interesting. There is a lot of what is dubbed “Executive Time” built into his schedule. Some staff says this is basically just time Trump spends watching television, like Fox News, and tweeting. His official work day begins around 11am, and ends around 6pm. Trump himself apparently requested the late start time.
One particular day of his schedule went like this: Trump met with Chief of Staff John Kelly at 11am. He then had an hour of Executive Time, followed by an hour lunch break. Lunch was followed by another hour of executive time, then two meetings with staff, each lasting less than an hour. His official workday ended at 4:15pm. That makes for a little more than 5 hours of “work” time, if you consider he might have been working while having lunch.
Add to that the number of times Trump has taken golfing vacations, and you’ve got a helluva schedule. I mean, after seeing how long and difficult a typical day in President Trump’s life can be, I understand his need for time away golfing. From his inauguration in January until the end of August, Trump took 53 vacation days. Former president Barack Obama, whom Trump had derided for taking so much time away, had only taken 15 days in the same time frame. Trump’s vacation days do not include the 13 weekends out of 28 that he had spent golfing at Mar-A-Lago by August.
But I mean, 20 hour work weeks, including lunch breaks, are tough. So tough, I’m sure Trump deserves roughly a week off every month.
Actually, it sounds to me, that Trump schedule his work time around his leisure time. That’s a terrible way to run a country. But most of us already knew that.