So that’s how ‘Executive Time’ is being spent

The report that Donald Trump’s recent schedule contains about 60% ‘Executive Time’ (i.e, no meetings with anyone) will come as no surprise to those who have realized that he is one of the laziest and most ignorant presidents in modern history. But there has been some curiosity as to what he does with all that time. Speculations have ranged from watching TV to watching TV. But a new report sheds some light on this issue.

President Donald Trump recently installed a new golf simulator at the White House, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Trump footed the bill for the $50,000 room-sized fixture, the Post reported, noting that it replaced a previous system installed by President Barack Obama that was less advanced. The simulator allows one to play virtual rounds of golf by hitting balls at a large screen. It’s unclear where the fixture is set up in the White House, but the Post notes it’s located somewhere in his personal quarters.

The installation seems coincident with the rise in ‘Executive Time’. So basically he is now playing golf all the time, probably with a TV on in the background.

What I find implausible in this story is that Trump, a notorious cheapskate , chiseler, and grifter, paid for the system himself and did not stick the government with the bill as a ‘security upgrade’.


  1. raym says

    “… he is one of the laziest and most ignorant presidents in modern history.”

    There are others in his league?

  2. file thirteen says

    No way. Fake news. What kind of idiots do you think we are?

    There is absolutely no way that Trump paid for it with his own money.

  3. efogoto says

    @2 Marcus: I’ve whacked a lot of golf balls around some courses and can confirm that it is only demanding if you don’t use a cart on a hilly course. Trump plays in Florida and always uses a cart.

  4. fentex says

    Golf is demanding -- and riding a cart doesn’t much help.

    As a game that requires accuracy one has to be fit to walk 4 to 6 kilometres AND make good judgements AND use the implements with strength and/or accuracy.

    Sitting in a cart between may save strength but disrupts concentration.

    I don’t know how it’s been resolved but there was quite a debate once when a slightly disabled player qualified for professional competition and wanted to use a cart. But the rules forbade it and a debate was had throughout the game if being able to walk the course was a requirement.

    I always thouht that if one was to be a hard arse on the subject then one ought argue you had to carry your own clubs as well.

    I recall the actual pros didn’t mind if some people had to use carts as they didn’t think it was a disadvantage to them.

  5. Roj Blake says

    I don’t recall where I read it, it was about 50 years ago, but this is the best summation of golf I have ever read.

    Golf is a game in which the player is required to propel an uncontrollable object in to an inaccessible hole using implements ill adapted to the purpose.

  6. John Morales says


    Golf is demanding […]


    For certain values of “demanding” — ambling about for a couple of hours and now and then whacking a little ball in between is hardly one of the most demanding activities. Or sporting activities, for that matter. Out of all sports, what’s even less demanding than that? Snooker? Darts? Tiddlywinks?

    (I grant it’s more demanding than sitting in a chair all day, FWTW)

  7. John Morales says


    Forgot to make the point; do you reckon Trump walks 4-6 Km in his golf den? 😉

    While I’m at it:

    I recall the actual pros didn’t mind if some people had to use carts as they didn’t think it was a disadvantage to them.

    Duh. Ambling about for 4 to 6 kilometres is nothing to any moderately fit person, never mind a professional sportsman. Also, I reckon that anyone who reasonably felt that degree of exertion might physically impede their game wouldn’t make it to that status in the first place.

    (Get real!)

  8. fentex says

    I think commenters are underestimating what it takes to remain clear headed and accurate when be applying strength to a skill.

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