Dr. Helen

The Art of Exhaustion

So I am reading Trump: The Art of the Deal and I finally had to put it down after reading what he did in a day in 1987, the year the book was written. Actually, I was exhausted by the time I got to 1:15 pm on Monday.

I wondered how in the world someone could be President with all the demands and the tight schedule and now I understand. This is a vacation for Trump! After reading about his regular day, the Presidency is a real walk in the park. If you haven’t read the book yet, here is a summary of a regular Monday:

He gets up a six in the morning, spends an hour or so reading morning newspapers, gets to the office and starts taking calls, at least fifty, if not hundreds, all dealing with important issues that need his attention. At nine, he talks to his investment banker and plans whether to get control of Holiday Inns or whether to hold his stocks and take a nice profit. That’s just a warm-up. At 9:30, he gives advice to a real estate developer wanting to turn politician. Trump cuts to the chase: he’s a far better developer than he is a politician.

Next up: he is on the phone to radio host Don Imus to thank him for helping raise money for a woman to save her family farm. Then he talks to the commissioner of the US Football League about an antitrust suit case. He then talks to a Broadway theater owner who wants to recommend a woman for a job as an office administrator with Trump. By 1:15, a housing commissioner shows up to talk about the rebuilding of the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park that Trump is doing and the job is ahead of schedule. Of course it is.

This is where I put the book down for a while to catch my breath and reflect on how Trump can do more in a half-day then most people do in a lifetime. It’s pretty amazing.