Washington D.C. is about to experience a reality more shocking, more horrifying, more dumbfounding than the election of Donald Trump. It will provoke wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments on a biblical scale. Congress critters will complain, scream and throw tantrums that will outstrip the sound of a 747 on takeoff.
About what am I speaking? What could be more distressing, more triggering, more preferred pronoun violating, more of a micro/macro aggression than the mere election of Donald Trump and the defeat of the saintly Hillary Clinton? What more than that could send collegians and politicians running for safe spaces, Play-Doh, coloring books, Legos, psychoactive drugs and fluffy puppies?
Work. Donald Trump has always worked for a living. He always works at least eight hour days, and frequently, much more than eight hour days, and during those hours, he accomplishes things. Worse, he expects the people that work for and with him to actually work too.
This is not a state of being of which most of the less than hardy denizens of Washington DC are aware or familiar.
As I noted in Barack Obama: The Hardest Working Man In Politics back in June of 2014, Mr. Obama has, for the last eight years, taken a holiday from the working experience of most Americans. Let’s set aside the extraordinary amount of golf Mr. Obama played, and let’s forget that the evil and despicable George W. Bush chose not to play golf while president, because he thought it looked bad while our troops were in the field, fighting for America. Here’s part of what I wrote:
Here’s a listing of Mr. Obama’s official schedule from the first week of January, 2012. Keep in mind that this was the beginning of Mr. Obama’s third year in office; his working patterns were already well established.
Monday, January 2, 2012
No official Schedule
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
7:15 am The First Family arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
7:30 am The First Family arrives at the White House
11:30 am The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:00 pm The President meets with senior advisors
12:30 pm The President and the Vice President meet for lunch [a four hour lunch; they must have been famished]
4:30 pm The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta
8:15 pm The President participates in a video teleconference with Iowa Caucus attendees
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
9:30 am The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:05 am The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
10:20 am The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Cleveland, OH
11:35 am The President arrives Cleveland, OH
12:05 pm The President participates in a discussion with a family at a private residence
1:15 pm The President delivers remarks on the economy
2:35 pm The President departs Cleveland, OH en route Joint Base Andrews
3:50 pm The President arrives Joint Base Andrews
4:05 pm The President arrives the White House
Thursday, January 5, 2012
10:00 am The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:50 am The President delivers remarks on the Defense Strategic Review [apparently another long lunch]
3:30 pm The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary Geithner
Friday, January 6, 2012
9:50 am The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:40 am The President visits staff and delivers brief remarks at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
12:15 pm The President has lunch with winners of a campaign contest
Notice that on the four days of that week when he apparently did some small amount of work—as in actually having something to do from time to time on his official schedule–nothing began earlier than 0930. Notice too that he appears to knock off for the day at around 1600, and on Friday, apparently right after lunch [one can only hope he can work while chewing; he doesn’t appear to do it at any other time].
But this is only one example from one source—OK, the source is actually the White House, but still—so perhaps I’m not being fair.
On Friday, January 6, 2012, Mr. Obama went to work at about 1000 and knocked off—presumably—after lunch around 1315-ish, continuing the blistering working pace he had by then long established of working as much as three or so hours a day. But perhaps, again, I’m being unfair. I also added this:
According to the White House, the President doesn’t work all that much. During the month of May, which included 21 working days, President Obama claims he worked about 92 hours (91.95 to be exact). That’s according to the White House schedule, posted on the whitehouse.gov Website. That equates to an exhausting 4.4 hours per day. Excluding his grueling G8 summit travels during the week of May 23 (when he was forced to endure eight hour work days!), Mr. Obama worked an average of 3.25 hours per day when at the White House in May.
Indeed, the President’s schedule is so thin, the White House Communications team sees it necessary to include the Vice President’s meetings, when he subs for the President for padding. For example, on May 3rd and May 17th, Vice President Biden held working breakfast meetings at 7:45 am with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in the President’s stead…
So desperate are they for something to count, the Communications team also list Press Secretary Jay Carney’s daily briefings as if they were among the President’s activities.
Hmmm. Perhaps I’m not being unfair after all. This is, of course, not surprising. Prior to becoming president, Mr. Obama had no real work experience. In college and law school we know he smoked a great deal of pot and used other drugs (avoiding arrest takes at least some effort), but his academic accomplishments and grades remain more closely guarded than our nation’s nuclear launch codes. One might reasonably infer that if he were the brilliant scholar his sycophants and he claim, such information would be readily available. We do know he published not a single academic paper in college or law school. He was, for years, a “community organizer,” a job so important and exhausting he admitted in his several memoir/autobiographies(?!) he could not tell even his closest friends what he actually did. One can only imagine such a career had, ahem, flexible hours. He did teach one college class for a time, but that amounts to 4-6 hours a week. He claimed to be a “constitutional law professor,” but never was, working instead as merely an adjunct lecturer. I somehow suspect he did not spend a great deal of time in class preparation. And he was the head of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a job given him by the guy who only happened to live in his neighborhood, unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers–there’s a genuine hater for you, Progressives–where he threw away more than $150 million dollars to radical leftist cronies, while, according to the Annenberg Foundation’s own auditors, accomplishing absolutely nothing for the Chicago school children he was supposed to help. He was also an Illinois state senator, but accomplished nothing of note, including voting “present” some 150 times to avoid leaving any political footprints. From there, he took years of meticulously developed non-working habits to the White House.
Let’s not even bother to mention all the lavish, multi-million dollar vacations Mr. Obama and his family took on the public dime. I’m sure he was working just as hard for the American people during those vacations as he did while actually somewhere near the White House.
Mr. Trump’s work ethic is something not seen in the White House in many a year. While George W. Bush worked hard, Donald Trump is used to working even harder. He’s going to expect Congress to actually accomplish things and work more than a day or two a week. He’s also going to be the kind of chief executive that has no time for lavish conferences, bonuses, and spending by the many government bureaucracies under his supervision.
It’s going to be refreshing indeed watching bureaucrats and politicians squirm and whine because they actually have to work for a living for a change. Maybe the self-imagined elite will get a taste of the lives of the denizens of flyover country after all.
I suspect they won’t much like it.