Today’s Pickup: The President and his truck

A Buzzfeed writer has turned President Trump's visit with American trucking executives into a book for kids.

A Buzzfeed writer has turned President Trump's visit with American trucking executives into a book for kids.

Good day,

Everyone remembers the image of President Donald Trump acting like a big kid behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler this spring. Well, it turns out, the image was just a small portion of Trump’s excitement that day when he met with trucking leaders.

Buzzfeed’s David Mack has turned that day into a short book, The President and the Big Boy Truck – designed for kids of all ages.

“A fun day in the life of our Commander-in-Chief, David Mack’s The President and the Big Boy Truck is a fun read for all ages that shares the story of a special day for the President and his love of trucks,” reads an editorial review by Paste Magazine. “Made in the Great United States of America, this book has high stepping illustrations that make it a wonderful piece to share with friends and family. Made in the Great United States of America, this board book edition is the perfect size for little hands. Buzzfeed’s David Mack has turned Trump’s big day into an actual children’s book—and the kids love it! It’s simple and kid-friendly...”

The book is available on Amazon for $9.99.

Did you know?

A USA Today investigation into port trucking in California found that “since 2010, at least 1,150 port truck drivers have filed claims in civil court or with the California Department of Industrial Relations’ enforcement arm.” In those cases, 97% have been ruled in favor of the trucker.


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In other news:

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Final Thoughts

The President and the Big Boy Truck book by David Mack, which looks at the day that President Trump spent talking to trucking leaders, shows how even the most powerful man in the world turns into a little kid when he is around Big Rigs. We can probably all relate.

Hammer down everyone!

Brian Straight

Brian Straight has covered the U.S. trucking and transportation community for more than 10 years, winning numerous regional and national editorial awards, including a Jesse. H. Neal Award. Prior to working on FreightWaves, Brian spent 10 years at industry trade magazine Fleet Owner, and prior to that managed daily newspaper editorial operations.