As I write this, there’s some good news: Hurricane Dorian has been downgraded to a category 3 storm and has yet to make landfall, but it’s still uncertain where and when it will. Puerto Rico escaped the worst, but the storm is still battering the Bahamas. It’s caused major damage there, but the extent is not yet known. I hope you’ll continue to pray for the victims and give to Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org ), which is preparing to fly in aid as soon as the storm passes and wherever they’re needed, whether in the Caribbean or the US mainland.
It’s not easy to think of a way to make a natural disaster like Dorian worse, but one surefire way is to try to exploit it for political advantage. President Trump has been intently focused on preparing for the storm for the past few days, and even canceled a planned trip to Poland to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.
For his efforts, he’s been attacked by leftists both in the US and abroad. Trump was accused of being a racist who didn’t care that Puerto Rico was about to be devastated again. When the storm bypassed Puerto Rico and that attack fizzled, they switched to claiming that his intense storm preparations in Florida were because he only cared about white people (as we all know, there are no Hispanics in Florida, right?) Can you imagine what they would have said if he hadn’t ordered intense preparations in Florida? (“Uncaring, incompetent,” etc. etc.)
And of course, when he took a break on Sunday for a round of golf, he was blasted by both Democrat Presidential hopefuls and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a longtime Trump critic whose only idea for stopping killings in his own city is banning everything more lethal than a limp egg noodle, but who seems to think he knows more about hurricane preparedness than the President of the United States. He also seems to think there’s no difference between taking a quick round of golf nearby and flying from DC to Poland and back.
I reject any suggestions of hypocrisy in defending Trump because I also defended Obama and George W. Bush when their opponents blasted them for playing golf. The Presidency is the highest-pressure job on Earth. Whoever holds it needs regular breaks, exercise and fresh air, and some time away from all the politics to experience the beauty of God’s natural creation and regain his perspective (personally, I prefer a duck blind or a deer stand, but if you’re not fortunate enough to have those, a golf course will have to do.)
Besides, thanks to my personal acquaintance with several Presidents, I’m now going to let you in on a state secret. When the President is on the golf course, he’s not out of communication with all the people handling hurricane preparations. If he needs to be reached, the White House doesn’t have to send a Secret Service agent on horseback to the 9th hole to fetch him.
The President now has access to a miraculous piece of advanced electronic equipment that allows him to send and receive texts, letters and even phone calls anywhere in the world instantly. It gives him access to news from around the world and the latest weather radar updates in real time. This incredible piece of space age technology is called a “smart phone.” With this, he is free to go anywhere and still be in constant touch with FEMA and other agencies handling storm prep. He no longer has to sit in the Oval Office, waiting for carrier pigeons to arrive.
I hope I haven’t given away too much. But since James Comey was the head of the FBI, and he taught us that it’s okay to reveal state secrets as long as you believe you’re doing a public service, I figured I’d risk it.