Lots of media chatter about President Trump’s weekend at Camp David, much of it negative. Most accounts used it as another excuse to complain about his visits to his own homes in Florida and New Jersey and, of course, Twitter warriors continued the theme!
These little jokes are based on a remark that President Trump made earlier this year:
He told foreign newspapers earlier this year that the retreat was “very rustic” and “you know how long you’d like it? For about 30 minutes.”
They all assume that the President was disparaging the Presidential retreat in Maryland, BUT, have they considered that he was commenting on the PRESS? After all, remember all of the complaining about the rustic setting of President Bush’s home in Crawford, Texas?
Conditions at Camp Crawford “shocking and inhumane” inmates complain
WACO, TX (AP)—Prisoners of Camp Crawford complain of small cells, poor meals, constant surveillance, and disrespectful—even disdainful—treatment from Presidential staff.
“Thirty-three days in this hell-hole feels like thirty-three years,” said a bitter long-time White House correspondent. “You’re away from your family. We’re all billeted into these crappy Waco motels—you know, the kind they hose down with antiseptic every day and you’ve got one lousy blanket which is made of recycled Coke bottles or something. There are huge fights for the cells with fast Internet connections but not many have them. The networks always get those. We didn’t mind the facilities in Santa Barbara or Martha’s Vineyard. Even Kennebunkport was more endurable than this.”
A Fox News camera man agreed. “Basically you sit around in baking heat, bored out of your mind. How many times can you visit the ‘Texas Sports Hall of Fame’ or beat Nora O’Donnell at Scrabble? Nothing happens, except maybe when one of the staff summons you to watch the President pulling brush. After a few minutes, they pile you back into the buses, and that’s it. It’s torture.” …
The inmates agreed, however, it was far better to be in Waco than have to do duty in the press pool in the town of Crawford itself. Even Crawford’s own website describes the facilities this way: “The town currently boasts only one restaurant, a converted gas station called The Coffee Station. There’s no supermarket or hotel but there are five churches. Tourists will find that this ‘dry’ town has no sale of alcoholic beverages.”
“Five churches!” muttered a reporter from the New York Times. “And don’t forget the self-billed ‘Christian-owned’ bed and breakfasts, where no doubt you have to say grace before you can eat your eggs. It’s offensive.”
If you want to read more about the trials of the Press: Huffpost
Actually, Camp David is quite a nice spot, with lovely accommodations. Aspen Lodge, the Presidential Cabin has four bedrooms and baths, and plenty of opportunity for leisure activities, including both an indoor and outdoor pool, and hot tub. Hickory Lodge has a bowling alley, movie theater, restaurant/bar, game room and library. There are about a dozen guest cabins.
There are tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a swimming pool, skeet range, nearby fishing and horseback riding. There is a golf driving range near the helicopter landing zone and a single golf hole with multiple tee boxes outside Aspen Lodge.
You can go bowling, watch movies, work out at the fitness center, play basketball, and shoot some pool. Meandering hilly trails are ideal for long walks and bike rides. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating and snowmobiling. There is also the Evergreen Chapel, a non-denominational place of worship. Read more about Camp David
Happy Fathers Day, Mr. President! We hope you enjoy your private time with family.