Garrison Keillor says it was a "great relief" to have President Donald Trump leave the United States for a nine-day foreign trip — comparing it to a neighbor with "a busted muffler [who] goes away for a while and takes his yappy dog with him."
"The entire country felt it . . . You realize what a beautiful thing common civility can be. We were able to turn to the joys of life and forget the absurdities for a while," Keillor, creator of "A Prairie Home Companion" wrote in a column for The Washington Post.
"And the guy loved being away. Honestly, he doesn't seem to feel at home in America. He was to the penthouse born and ordinary life makes him uneasy."
"I felt safer with him gone, frankly. When he is surrounded by admiration, we don't have to worry that he'll get in a snit and call for the B-52s. Reverence relaxes him.''
Keillor added that because nothing in the Constitution requires the president to live in the U.S., Trump could "cruise the world in a royal yacht, driving golf balls off the fantail . . . Other countries have lived with leaders who are ignorant, poorly tutored, self-obsessed and corrupt, and why can't we?"
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