President Donald Trump is spending the weekend at his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, but that wasn’t his original plan.
White House sources say he tried to convince organizers for the March 24 anti-gun rally, March for Our Lives, to let him come before the crowd and do what he calls his “boring president” schtick, which he believes was a big hit with voters in Pennsylvania.
“People seemed to really love his imitation of a boring president when he gave his speech in Pittsburgh on behalf of congressional candidate Rick Saccone,” says a staff aide who spoke on condition of anonymity. “All the networks picked up on that part of the speech because it was so entertaining.”
The aide said the President approached the organizers of the March for Our Lives rally and said it would be great way to lighten up the crowd. “Here’s a president imitating a president,” the aide said. “People love it. But the organizers said it wasn’t that kind of rally.”
In his March 11 speech, Trump referred to conservative columnist Peggy Noonan, who suggested he act more presidential in his public appearances. But Trump ridiculed that approach, saying it would be boring. “I’m very presidential,” Trump said to the crowd in a serious voice. “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. Rick Saccone will be a great, great congressman. He will help me very much. He’s a fine man and Yong is a wonderful wife. I just wanted to tell you on behalf of the United States of America that we appreciate your service.”
In the car ride back to his plane, the aide said, the President kept commenting on how much people liked his schtick. “‘I’ve got to take that on the road,’ the President kept saying. ‘Did you see how much they liked that?'”
The aide said the President was very interested in learning when the next big event would be and when he heard hundreds of thousands of people would be coming to Washington for the March for Our Lives rally, which is about curbing gun violence, he was insistent he try to get a speaking slot so he could do his new routine. “‘They’ll want something to lighten up the rally,'” the President said, according to the aide. “‘Gun control. It’s such a serious topic. They’ll like the boring president thing. Everyone likes it. I’m hearing it’s a hit, even with the liberals.'”
The President wasn’t happy to be turned down. “It was one of the few weekends he actually wanted to spend in Washington,” the aide said. “You can expect the President to be critical of the rally. From his point of view, they had a chance to see his boring president routine firsthand and they blew it. Not wise, because now he’s got nothing to do except watch TV. Even Melania won’t be there. I think he’ll have an opinion on how well the rally goes.”
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