As usual, President Donald Trump spent this past weekend away from the White House. As usual, he and his entourage spent their time (and our money) at a Trump property.
This time Trump was at one of his golf resorts in New Jersey.
The press pool reported that Air Force One got back to Washington around 8:40 PM. The press waited, as always, for the President to exit the plane.
They waited. Then they waited some more. There were grumbles and questions, but the big guy stayed inside the plane.
Everyone waited. The mystery grew for a full 40 minutes before Trump finally stepped off the plane and onto the tarmac.
So what was going on in there, everyone wanted to know. Why the extremely unusual delay between landing and getting off the plane?
The White House didn’t have much to say. They stated only that Trump was “finishing up a meeting.” They didn’t elaborate further.
WH official later explained Pres Trump was finishing up a meeting to explain his 45-min stay on Air Force One after landing. pic.twitter.com/pCAvY7XB7g
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 8, 2017
Naturally, the good people of Twitter had their own versions of what might have kept Trump on the plane.
Those people knew that while Trump was on his way back from his golf weekend, former President Barack Obama was in Boston. He was accepting the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award.
The former President gave an elegant, articulate speech in which he referred to his signature health care law and GOP attempts to repeal it.
Twitter users thought they knew why Trump had stayed on Air Force One for so long after landing.
— Jodi Beggs (@jodiecongirl) May 8, 2017
@jodiecongirl @Integrallynne @markknoller @zerohedge @JBA_NAFW Let the tweets begin! DJT thinking, how can I get myself one of those courage awards.I'm bigly https://t.co/qCJd6jGOEO that couragely lion..
— Monica ??✌??? (@MonicaFalk64) May 8, 2017
And the possible explanations continued. Some were really funny.
Spent the time working on this subtle Elvis impression https://t.co/tMbZ9Up2tp
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 8, 2017
— Sarah Burgess (@sunkist111) May 8, 2017
But the best tweets put me in mind of my dear old Dad. I remember him grabbing a newspaper as he headed down the hall to the bathroom. “Just heading for a meeting,” he’d say. I guess I’m not the only one who’s heard that line.
— TheSeaFarmer (@TheSeaFarmer) May 8, 2017
Whatever the cause, Donald Trump’s extended delay on the runway brought out a lot of speculation. Was he sick? Was he drunk? Did all that junk food make him sick?
Or was he really watching President Obama’s speech, and sitting there with steam coming out of his ears? We may never know. But it sure is fun to think about it.