Want to book Donald or Melania for an event? Trump has a website for that (The Guardian link): Visitors to Donald Trump’s new website can book the former president and his wife, Melania Trump, for personal appearances and greetings.
Among questions to be answered are “Will Media be Present?” and whether any “Notable Attendees” are expected.
Former presidents and major public figures often sign up with professional agencies for public speakers. Trump’s move, however, is typical of a man ever eager to control his own image – and all profits from it.
His new website also offers personalized greetings. Unlike celebrities including the former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who signed up with Cameo, a website that sells greetings and messages from celebrities, Trump’s website does not say he is charging for the service – or for scheduled personal appearances.
Trump’s staff does seem to be attempting to filter out any embarrassing or pranking requests. Last year, for example, a comedian paid Lewandowski to congratulate a fictional small child for “using the big boy toilet” and “doing a great job with your poopies.”
Reasons for requesting a greeting are listed as: “Birthday (adult), Birthday (child), Birthday (veteran), Military retirement, Wedding, Wedding anniversary, Condolence, New Baby welcome, Graduation, Girl Scout gold award and Eagle Scout award.” Users are also offered a chance to “share your thoughts” with the former first couple, who claim to still “enjoy hearing from the American people.”
'Sad clown' Donald Trump's new website ridiculed by critics for hyping his 'magnificent legacy' (Raw Story link): Late Monday Donald Trump launched his own website, 45office.com, which according to the copy, promotes his "magnificent legacy" of four years in the Oval Office during which time he was impeached twice.
According to the site, "Donald J. Trump launched the most extraordinary political movement in history, dethroning political dynasties, defeating the Washington Establishment, and becoming the first true outsider elected as President of the United States."