Donald Trump sure knows how to throw a press conference. As we waited to be led out to the 16th floor terrace, servers offered champagne, wine, and a “Chicago Sunrise”, a drink made of mango puree and soda water with a splash of pineapple juice and blueberries. Vitamin water, bottled water, and mini bottles of Coke products were displayed. Hors d’oeuvres like prosciutto wrapped caprese bites and wonton wrapped shrimp kept the champagne from having too much of a kick at 3 in the afternoon. It was all very fitting considering the sumptuous environment of Trump Tower.
Trump’s appearance was to celebrate that his tower is nearing completion, and he did talk about that some, but a couple of questions steered him towards a discussion of the economy. He was pretty heavy on the doom and gloom, throwing out the word “depression” a couple of times. It was quite a contrast to the multi-million dollar condos and hotel suites that cost $2,000 a night that were towering above us.
After answering a few questions he introduced Alderman Brendan Reilly. Then Trump and his three children made hand impressions in concrete, which will become part of the building.
When I’m not drinking champagne at 3 in the afternoon with The Donald, I’m – well really, if I’m not doing that, does it really matter? Oh well. I spend the rest of my days sans celebrities writing about things we normal people can do in Chicago.