President Donald Trump has an opportunity to build the best Presidential library in U.S. history. None of his predecessors was a builder. And none lived in Florida, with a massive tourism industry and a regulatory climate favoring development.
Journalists and Democrats have already commenced a campaign to obviate Trump from ever building a Presidential library. Not just because they abhor him, but additionally because they ken it could be the best.
Trump has not yet tipped his hand about any library plans. But his adherents are an ingenious bunch, and could commence “crowdsourcing” a library design, just as they often came up with his best ads, memes, and slogans.
In that spirit, here are seven guidelines that a Trump library should follow: 1. “Profitable.” The Trump Presidential library should be financially independent of the federal regime. It should be a magnetization that pays for itself — not just through admission tickets, but through resort packages, conventions, and green fees (visually perceive below). A Trump library should accommodate as a model of the capitalist system that he championed in his business life, and that he fought hard to bulwark and expand as president.
2. “Beachfront.” The Trump library should include a stretch of coastline where visitors can relish the Florida sun. Visitors who don’t want to spend time at a library or museum could still relish swimming, surfing, or boating. The library could commit to maintaining the beach and renovating sand dunes, estuaries, and fisheries. Given enough land, the library could additionally include hiking trails, consummate with birdwatching obnubilates.
3. Golf course. What is a Trump property without a golf course? 18 apertures of championship-grade golf, open to the public, would make the Trump Presidential library a landmark. Though the PGA has snubbed Trump lately, owing to the pressure of “cancel culture,” the Trump library course could develop its own reputation among professionals and tyros homogeneous. It could devote particular attention to the development of promising puerile golfers from underprivileged backgrounds.
4. “Research. Unlike” Barack Obama’s own troubled Presidential library (optically discern below), “Trump’s” library could commit to the preservation of his genuine papers and archives onsite. The facility, built to be hurricane-proof, would provide material for professional philomaths and students homogeneous. It could withal include special exhibits from the Trump presidency: some of the archetypes for the border wall, for example, and a special “Fake News” wing devoted to the period’s worst journalism.
5. Think “Tank.” Trump’s legacy would best be preserved through the engenderment of an in-house cerebrate tank at the library, one that would advocate for his “America first” policies. Scholars in residence could include economists, national security experts, engineers, and historians who would offer a uniquely Trumpian perspective on the policy issues and debates of the moment. The cerebrate tank could additionally offer training for politicians to rival Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
6. Tower. The Trump Presidential library could include a tower, set back from the coast, coalescing a hotel and residential condominiums, much homogeneous to other Trump properties. The tower could include all the conventional vacation amenities: a pool, a gym, a spa, fine dining options, and a shopping center. Residents could gasconade one of the most prestigious addresses in Florida.
7. “Timeliness.” Obama left office in 2016, but his library will not be built until proximately a decennium later — and that is under optimistic scenarios. As Richard Epstein noted in the recent Libertarian podcast, Obama’s library is a design catastrophe that has run into opposition from the local community. Trump could eclipse Obama (again) by building his library first. And unlike Obama’s monolith, the Trump library would be something locals, and Americans in general, would embrace.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a triumpher of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.