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Sun May 21, 2017, 03:31 PM

What's become of Camp David?

I was thinking about this the other day - Camp David used to be a regular "get away" for Presidents and their family. Nixon Ford and Carter seemed to love it but that was a long time ago.

I can't find any numbers about Bill Clinton utilizing it.

W loved it. Visiting 119 times, hosting foreign leaders there quite a lot.

Obama visited 39 times but I've found that Michelle used it more frequently but no hard numbers.

Obama and Trump are much more urban animals.

There is a constant maintenance and security operation there. I wonder what its future is.





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Reply What's become of Camp David? (Original post)
underpants May 2017 OP
Warpy May 2017 #1
Rorey May 2017 #2
Historic NY May 2017 #4
Warpy May 2017 #7
lindysalsagal May 2017 #3
Brother Buzz May 2017 #5
underpants May 2017 #8
Brother Buzz May 2017 #13
underpants May 2017 #15
FSogol May 2017 #6
underpants May 2017 #9
FSogol May 2017 #16
No Vested Interest May 2017 #10
struggle4progress May 2017 #14
No Vested Interest May 2017 #11
Corgigal May 2017 #12
MiniMe May 2017 #17
TeamPooka May 2017 #18
Chellee May 2017 #19

Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 03:36 PM

1. I think it will always be a secure place to go, decompress, take long walks

and smell fresh air. In addition, it will have all the infrastructure available should there be an emergency. It will not, however, have a golf course, so Asshole will continue to go elsewhere, like Mar a Loco at a million bucks of our money a weekend.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Sun May 21, 2017, 03:41 PM

2. On the upside, Camp David won't have the taint

The White House is going to have to have a super-deep cleaning after 45 leaves.....despite what I predict to be a very short stay by him.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Sun May 21, 2017, 03:46 PM

4. Rides in a golf cart.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #4)

Sun May 21, 2017, 04:00 PM

7. True, he's way too out of shape to walk very far

They'd have to get him a geriatric scooter and even then he'd kvetch nonstop about all the bugs and lack of gold leaf covering every single surface.

Uday and Qusay might make use of it, though, the macho hunting lodge surroundings would make them feel all manly and stuff.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 03:46 PM

3. It gave the first family a little freedom, but was easy to secure.

I guess 21st century potuses can't afford to get away anymore, with all the instant communication, ww vido news and the 10-minute news cycle. Too slow and sleepy.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 03:50 PM

5. I understand Groundskeeper Willie is playing scratch on the single green golf course

He's even considering moving one of tee boxes to the middle of the skeet range to make it more challenging.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #5)

Sun May 21, 2017, 04:05 PM

8. That's my dream backyard

One green. Several tees. Sand trap - high maintenance on those I learned when I worked on a PGA event golf course back in the 80's.

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Response to underpants (Reply #8)

Sun May 21, 2017, 04:52 PM

13. My Podunk town had one just down the street from me back in the thirties

Three greens with nine tee boxes, only the greens were oiled sand and the fairways were maintained by sheep. Deep in the California inland summer heat, sand traps popped up everywhere and played havoc on your chrome plated hickory shafted irons but you didn't have to worry about the sheep shit because they had been moved to greener pastures. Tricky because you had to cross the creek bed seven times, says my mother, the ace candy back in the day.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #13)

Sun May 21, 2017, 07:44 PM

15. Ha!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 03:56 PM

6. I did some design work for a renovation there during the W years.

I got to visit a few times to do field work and to inspect the construction. Very beautiful place.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #6)

Sun May 21, 2017, 04:07 PM

9. Awesome

I see that there are barracks there. Not sure if there is a regular detachment there but that would be quite a time in service.

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Response to underpants (Reply #9)

Sun May 21, 2017, 08:30 PM

16. I've also been to Camp Hoover, the predecessor to Camp David.

It is located way off the beaten path in Shenandoah National Park. It is mostly ruins, but still a nice site. I camped there a few days a bunch of years back. You can find the location in older versions of the park guide.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 04:25 PM

10. Hasn't 45 been quoted as saying Camp David's interesting for about 15 minutes?

Or is it 30 minutes?

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #10)

Sun May 21, 2017, 05:08 PM

14. ... Camp David, the fabled presidential weekend retreat, is apparently not good enough

Camp David, the fabled presidential weekend retreat, is apparently not good enough for the master of Mar-a-Lago.

"Camp David is very rustic, it's nice, you'd like it," President Trump said in an interview last month with two European newspapers. "You know how long you'd like it? For about 30 minutes" ...

“Whether the president likes Camp David or not means nothing to me,’’ says Mark Long, 64, who voted for Hillary Clinton. “He says a lot of crazy things. This is not that important, compared to what else he’s doing wrong" ...

Camp David “looks like a camp — a very nice camp, but a camp. It’s not the super luxury he’s used to,’’ says Marty Burns. He served at the camp as a Marine in the 1980s, met a bank teller who became his wife, and settled here ...

Camp David neighbors say Trump should visit to see what 'rustic' looks like
Rick Hampson , USA TODAY
Published 1:07 p.m. ET Feb. 21, 2017
Updated 3:20 p.m. ET Feb. 22, 2017
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/21/camp-david-neighbors-donald-trump/98194256/

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 04:28 PM

11. Obama's were busy with children's life on weekends.

That wouldn't necessarily include going camping every weekend.
A different source of life with children's social and school doings.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 04:39 PM

12. Maybe we can rent it out for weddings

and other celebrations. We need the funds for all the security we are providing to Trumps grown up adult family (except Baron).

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 11:30 PM

17. When I was a kid, I went camping with the girl scouts at a camp near there

We went out hiking and walked up on a fence where a fence doesn't belong in the woods. Then some guys with machine guns came out. We left pretty quickly. We realized much later that we had walked up on Camp David. Oops.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 11:35 PM

18. Site of a future Trump Golf Course.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Mon May 22, 2017, 12:01 AM

19. Interesting map.

I like that all of the cabins are named after trees. The Laurel Lodge looks larger than the Aspen. I wonder how they use that one. I wonder who you'd have to tick off to be stuck in the Buckeye. Also, I don't see stables, and I'm sure that the Reagans and the Kennedys rode horses there. Maybe one of the buildings got repurposed?

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