The government is shut down. Federal workers are desperately trying to figure out how to survive without paychecks as bills mount and bank accounts empty. National security is at risk as TSA workers manning security checkpoints at airports increasingly call in sick to take part-time jobs that will actually bring in much-needed cash.
And President Trump is sitting in the White House looking out the window with his phone in his hand tweeting about the lovely view.
Wish I could share with everyone the beauty and majesty of being in the White House and looking outside at the snow filled lawns and Rose Garden. Really is something – SPECIAL COUNTRY, SPECIAL PLACE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
Any other time, any other place, any other president and this tweet would be a quaint and cute wintertime reflection. But, as the president’s Twitter followers let him know, perhaps there were more important things to be focusing on at the moment.
Don’t get used to it.
— Stewart Saenz (@slatfence) January 13, 2019
( As the snow and the house are both white) ,, wow
— Walter(Owen's Grandp (@walterowensgrpa) January 13, 2019
I wish federal workers were getting their paychecks. That would also be beautiful.
— Anonymous White House Official (@dvorakoelling) January 13, 2019
Dude don’t lie, you’re in the basement chugging melted ice cream
— Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@RogueSNRadvisor) January 13, 2019
I bet it reminds you of the Kremlin in mid winter, Huh?
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) January 13, 2019
How beautiful. I wish you could share your tax return and notes from all your Russian meetings
— Jenna Welker (@jennawelker24) January 13, 2019
— guess I'm crazy (@LetsTrySanity) January 13, 2019
Then you'll love this view… pic.twitter.com/39Th6uSxov
— T Arnpreee (@t_arnpriester) January 13, 2019
And the people are not? While you sit comfortably gazing upon a beautiful view, hundreds of THOUSANDS of American citizens are trying to “make adjustments”. This is real life affecting govt workers and soon to be everyone else!
— AmericanWoman (@LizDeeX1) January 13, 2019
Perhaps if Trump could share the beauty and majesty of a government reopening on Monday, he would get a few more positive responses to his next tweeted reverie. In the meantime, perhaps reading the comments on his posts will give him an even more accurate picture of his standing in eyes of the American public than any view from his Oval Office window can.