Liberals used to grouse about President George W. Bush’s less-than-rigorous work schedule: the long work-outs, the frequent brush-clearing forays at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. He went to bed at 9. What kind of statesman goes to bed at such a grade-school hour?

Those were the days.

On the eve of his presidential inauguration, Donald J. Trump told an audience, “I promise you that I will work so hard.” He’d spent both the primary campaign and the general election comparing his work ethic to that of his opponents, including “low energy” Jeb Bush and stamina-deficient Hillary Clinton.

“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” Trump said in the political prehistory that was the summer of 2015. “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »