All the Ways Donald Trump’s Morning Routine Differs from Barack Obama’s (Plus, You’ll Be Shocked to See Who Got More Sleep While in Office)
As leader of the free world and commander-in-chief of the planet’s most powerful military, the president of the United States may have the world’s toughest job. And he’s got the jam-packed daily schedule to prove it. Each president has his own personal morning priorities, from breakfast to exercise to social media use. Here we’ll compare the morning routines of President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama.
We’ll show how their breakfasts compare (page 2) and whether Trump or Obama actually got more nightly sleep while in the White House (page 7).
1. Wake-up times
- Trump: Between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
- Obama: 7 a.m.
Trump climbs out of bed anywhere between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., depending on whom you ask. Regardless, he certainly is in the habit of starting his day early. Obama, on the other hand, was a night owl who went to bed late and would get up at 7 a.m. — about two hours before his first scheduled event or meeting.
Next: Who sometimes skips breakfast
- Trump: Cereal or eggs and bacon (sometimes skips breakfast)
- Obama: Eggs and bacon with whole wheat toast
Back in 2016, Trump told People, “Oftentimes I skip breakfast. But usually my favorite would be bacon and eggs — bacon medium and the eggs over-well.” Trump also said he enjoys made-in-the-U.S.A. cereals like cornflakes and Raisin Bran. “It has to be right out of the fields of Iowa.”
Obama too enjoys eggs and bacon, with a side of whole wheat toast. When he found out his cholesterol was a little high, he skipped the bacon, Love said. His breakfast drinks of choice were water, orange juice, and green tea.
Next: Why one didn’t use the White House gym
- Trump: No formal exercise
- Obama: Worked out six days a week
Trump does not have a daily exercise routine or use the White House exercise facilities. “I get exercise. I mean I walk, I this, I that,” Trump told Reuters. “I run over to a building next door. I get more exercise than people think.” Those who go to the gym often need hip and knee replacements later in life, he claimed.
In contrast, Obama worked out six days a week during his presidency. In 2008, he told Men’s Health magazine he worked out for 45 minutes at a time. His workouts consisted of a treadmill run and resistance training. For arms, he did pushups and lifted dumbbells, and he also occasionally did plyometrics and ab workouts.
Next: Where they get their morning news
4. Morning news
- Trump: Fox & Friends
- Obama: The New York Times
Both before and during his presidency, Trump’s been a “voracious” consumer of cable news, The Washington Post reported. In fact, he takes what he learns from TV as a starting point for policy decisions or requests for more information. When he wakes near dawn, one of the first things he does is turn on Fox News’ Fox & Friends.
As president, Obama was a “traditionalist” who would read a paper version of The New York Times daily, Love said. “There’s always going to be at least one full edition of SportsCenter he’s going to watch,” he said, referring to ESPN’s daily sports roundup show.
Next: A big morning priority for one of the two
5. Social media
- Trump: Known for tweeting after seeing items on Fox News
- Obama: Interacted more with the public on Twitter
After watching his morning TV news, Trump often sends out early morning tweets, sometimes full-blown tweetstorms. After watching a particular Fox & Friends segments, he often heads to Twitter to comment on various topics. He also often lambasts other channels on Twitter, calling them “fake and fraudulent.”
Obama was called the “first social media president” since Twitter and Facebook really took off when he happened to be in office. Obama has used Twitter in more in-depth ways than Trump, often conversing with others on Twitter and fielding questions posted there.
Next: Who started his days earlier in the Oval Office
6. First official meeting of the day
- Trump: 11 a.m.
- Obama: 10 a.m.
Trump’s first meeting of the day is at 11 a.m., typically an intelligence briefing, according to an Axios report. While the president’s schedule lists “Executive Time” in the Oval Office daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., he actually spends that time in his residence watching TV, making calls, and tweeting, the report stated.
As president, Obama would typically arrive at the Oval Office between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and receive his intelligence briefing around 10 a.m.
Next: Which president got more sleep
7. Amount of sleep per night
- Trump: 4 hours
- Obama: 5 hours
Trump sleeps no more than four hours per night, his biographer Gwenda Blair said. “He has made a big deal of saying he never sleeps and people who sleep are lazy.” White house physician Jackson has said Trump is just one of those people who does not require a lot of sleep.
A night owl, Obama typically didn’t get a lot of sleep in the White House either but still got a little more than Trump — clocking in about five hours of slumber per night. Similarly, Bill Clinton said he adopted a five-hour nightly sleep schedule when president as well.
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