George H.W. Bush

For 70-year-old president who likes his own bed, this trip is exhausting

He stifles yawns. His eyes narrow. And ultimately, when he garbles part of his speech, an aide explains that President Trump is “just an exhausted guy.”

It was only day two of an eight-day marathon that includes four countries, a city-state (the Vatican) and an occupied territory (the West Bank). By day three, in Israel, he was blinking through an appearance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It’s the kind of punishing trip — lots of important people pontificating in windowless rooms, up to seven time zones away — that would tax anyone.

But Trump, at 70, is the oldest man to assume the presidency. He also is a noted homebody, who apart from the White House, seldom...