President Trump, who continually derided former President Obama for taking vacations, is apparently about to take a 17-day vacation at his private golf club in central New Jersey, according to the Daily Mail.
Trump’s trip will coincide with the repairs at the White House, which is scheduled to have its 27-year-old heating and cooling system replaced.
Trump’s vacations since taking office have eclipsed those of his two immediate predecessors: Trump has taken 41 days of vacations; George W. Bush took 33 days, and Barack Obama took 15 in the same time period.
Trump has had a change of heart since 2004, when he wrote in Trump: Think Like a Billionaire, “Don't take vacations. What's the point? If you're not enjoying your work, you're in the wrong job.” He doubled down that same year when he spoke to Larry King, asserting, “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?"
Trump took aim consistently at Obama for taking vacations:
Aug. 23, 2016 : “President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing. Too little, too late!”
Oct. 23, 2014: “President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!”
Oct. 14, 2014: “We pay for Obama's travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.”
Oct. 13, 2014: “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.”
Dec. 19, 2013: “Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!”
Sept. 12, 2012: “When will Obama next go on vacation if he wins the election? The day after.”
Aug. 30, 2012: “Too busy playing golf? @BarackObama sends form letters with an electronic signature to the parents of fallen SEALs.”
Dec. 30, 2011: “I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. @BarackObama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain.”
Nov. 22, 2011: “Yesterday @BarackObama actually spent a full day in Washington. He didn't campaign, fund raise or play golf. Shocking.”
Aug. 15, 2011: “@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Nice work ethic.”
Trump told supporters last year, “I’m going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to go play golf.” Within days after his election, he told 60 Minutes, "There's just so much to be done ... so I don't think we'll be very big on vacations, no."
But Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, stated:
Perhaps it's good that someone as important as our president is showing that he believes it's beneficial to take a break from the office, get out and enjoy the outdoors in a little bit of a break in mindset and, we would hope, be able to go back to work refreshed and renewed and do a better job. I think that's the theory of vacations.
Historian Tevi Troy pointed out that the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk, didn’t take any long vacations. He added, “It's important to remember he died shortly after his presidency ended.”