Trump makes unexpected
visit to Walter Reed to get a "head start" on his February 2020 annual exam.
Is Trump laying the foundation for a "medical exit" from the WH?
Let me tell you something about "Walter Reed" (formerly Bethesda Naval Hospital) and presidential visits.
Pardon the wordiness, I have to give some background.
I grew up on East Parkhill Drive in Bethesda and could look up the street and SEE the tower of the Navy Hospital and I could HEAR the choppers warming up, taking off and landing.
Our house was less than 800 feet from the grounds of the base.
I can actually SEE the homes in my old neighborhood in the upper left corner of this image.
There were only TWO KINDS of helo traffic to "NATNAVMEDCEN", either Marine One and its escorts, which were all single rotor jobs, or the Chinooks, which ferried wounded soldiers from Andrews AFB.
Thus, 99% of the time, I heard Chinooks...all day long.
And there's no way to confuse those Chinooks with Marine One, they sounded and looked completely different.
And we kids were maybe the only non-military people who could tell the sound of a Chinook from two miles out, it's very distinctive.
Also, whenever the POTUS went there for the annual physical, it was ALWAYS after New Year's, or in early February, and when POTUS goes to NATNAVMEDCEN, you cannot turn left out of the old hood, go up Cedar Lane and turn left on Wisconsin Avenue because it is closed off at Cedar Lane and Wisconsin Avenue for the duration of his visit.
The local news ALWAYS made a point of letting everyone know in advance.
And doctors who lived in our neighborhood and worked at NATNAVMEDCEN would be picked up and dropped off by military plain gray wrapper cars from the base during those days.
Across the street you find NIH and the National Library of Medicine. Access to those places is impossible as well, plus there was always a phalanx of security, military and support vehicles hogging up one of the main parking lots across the street.
So, a Saturday "physical" in November??? Never happened ONCE the entire time I was growing up there.
So, is Mr. Trump preparing a plausible excuse to exit the White House? Quite possibly. Watch this space for several more unscheduled visits.