The Donald is reported to have called the White House a dump something this Neurotic Man would never do. I love the symbolism of our nation – Mount Rushmore, The Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, and the White House. That FDR, or the Kennedy brothers, or Lyndon or all of the other presidents great and small did their planning about the future in the White House.
55,000 square feet a staff of many, stuffy as it may be it is our past – and our future.
“That White House is a real dump,” Trump reportedly told members of his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, before teeing off recently. The remark was included in a lengthy Golf Magazine feature published Tuesday exploring Trump’s complicated relationship with the sport. The article also appears in the Aug. 7 issue of Sports Illustrated.
It’s no secret that Trump enjoys spending time away from the White House at his own resorts. He’s taken four trips to the Bedminster club since his inauguration, the feature noted. Another site tracking Trump’s leisure reports he has vacationed on 11 weekends out of the 28 in his presidency, costing taxpayers around $29 million.
Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, commented that the White House, which was rebuilt in 1817, does show its age. But that’s kind of the point, the former president wrote in his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope. Here’s how Obama described the first time he walked into the building as a freshman senator.
The inside of the White House doesn’t have the luminous quality that you might expect from TV or film; it seems well kept but worn, a big old house that one imagines might be a bit drafty on cold winter nights. Still, as I stood in the foyer and let my eyes wander down the corridors, it was impossible to forget the history that had been made there—John and Bobby Kennedy huddling over the Cuban missile crisis; FDR making last-minute changes to a radio address; Lincoln alone, pacing the halls and shouldering the weight of a nation.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-white-house-dump_us_5981003be4b0353fbb33554c?u3h&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009