- President Donald Trump’s campaign website had a message hidden in its source code.
- It was a joke about former President Barack Obama golfing. The code containing the message was deleted shortly after it was discovered.
- Trump has spent 71 of his 346 days in office playing golf, according to The Washington Post.
There has never been a president with the same passion for golf as Donald Trump.
Trump has golfed on 71 of his 346 days in office, by The Washington Post’s count.
It said: “Oops! Something went wrong. Unlike Obama, we are working to fix the problem … and not on the golf course.”
The website of Donald Trump, who has spent several days in a row at the golf course, is coded to serve up the following message in the event of an internal server error: https://t.co/zrWpyMXRcz pic.twitter.com/wiQSQNNzw0
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) December 28, 2017
As The Post’s Christopher Ingraham wrote on Twitter, it’s unclear whether the error message was ever shown. The quip was intended to replace a basic “page not found” message, but there seemed to be errors in the code.
Regardless, the snippet of code was removed from the website a few hours after it was discovered. But you can still see the joke in the source code if you access an archive.org cache of the site.
That suggests someone at either RNC or the Trump admin is sensitive enough to Trump’s golf problem to make this issue go away quickly once people noticed. You have no idea how much I’d love to see the email exchange that led us here.
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) December 29, 2017
As president, Trump has played a round of golf nearly every five days, according to The Post.
Over his eight years in office, President Barack Obama played 333 games of golf, or once about every nine days.
@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Nice work ethic.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2011