Mr. Trump, who dislikes spending the night away from home and has been adapting to life at the White House, has rarely ventured far from the Executive Mansion or his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida during his first 85 days in office. He has not strayed west of the Mississippi River, appearing at public events in only seven states and eschewing trips overseas. He is planning to travel to Wisconsin on Tuesday, and his first international trip is scheduled for next month, when he is to visit Brussels and Italy for meetings with world leaders.Thanks, professor, but remember how Trump went out all over the country for a year and a half making his case before the election? You know what name doesn't appear in this article? Hillary Clinton. Don't think about how she failed to travel to those blue-wall states she lost, how she never made her case to Americans she took for granted.
By contrast, President Barack Obama had made public appearances in nine states and taken three overseas trips by this point in his presidency, and was beginning his fourth journey abroad. And President George W. Bush had stopped in 23 states by mid-April during his first year in office and also visited Canada.
“We are not seeing this president following the norm of going out to the public and making his case in the same way as presidents have for as far back as you want to go,” said James A. McCann, a professor of political science at Purdue University who has studied presidential travel patterns. “Trump is going to his own drummer, as usual. It’s a risky strategy.”
Another word I don't see in this article is "yacht." That's the word I think of when I see the comparison to Barack Obama. I was just reading the Daily Mail article "A picture perfect moment! Barack and Michelle Obama pose on billionaire David Geffen's superyacht during day out with Oprah, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks in French Polynesia/Barack and Michelle Obama were guests on David Geffen's 454ft superyacht Rising Sun on Friday/Oprah, Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen were also on board the stunning $300million vessel /The Obamas have been holidaying at the Brando resort in French Polynesia for the past month /Since leaving the White House, they have also visited Palm Springs, Hawaii and toured the Caribbean."
What charming wanderlust, compared to our new "homebody" President.
Top-rated comment at The Daily Mail: "....nothing like hanging out with the poor people....how's your carbon footprint these days Obama?"
I can't get over that word "homebody" in the NYT headline.
1. It's a putdown, but why is it a putdown? The feminist answer is: Staying home, loving home, working within the home are traditionally associated with women, and things associated with women are viewed as inferior. To put "homebody" and "honeymoon" together is, I assert, feminizing. Of course, "honeymoon" is normally used to describe a President's first 100 days, but it's not about traveling. It's about the glow of good opinion that surrounds a new President. The media, especially the NYT, have denied Trump that kind of honeymoon, so it's silly to use that word to refer to Trump. It's only being used here, I infer, because it makes "homebody" sound especially feminine. It's one more way to take a shot at Trump. But there's collateral damage to the feminist cause because it's using the similarity to a woman as an insult.
2. The President's workplace is the White House. A President at the White House is at work. To call him a "homebody" is to act as though he's enjoying the comforts of domesticity. But he's at work. Yes, Trump has a second place, Mar-a-Lago, and he goes there a lot. But it's another work-and-home place. He seems to be working. Is there any news that he's not hard at work? I can understand journalists preferring the visuals and excitement of trips to foreign lands, but that has nothing to do with whether Trump is a "homebody."
ADDED: I publish this post, and I'm about to add some extra words about the use of the phrase "sits out" in the headline, when Meade fixes on a different word, "period." He calls out: "It makes it sound like he got his period."
And that opens up vistas of feminist analysis.