This month, the clash of the “four”s are conspicuous. Four years served by the 45th president, Donald Trump. Four Seasons Hotel. Four Seasons Total Landscaping. A humble connection exists between all three and it all comes down to a slight misunderstanding.
On November 7th, which was the same day Joe Biden took the stage as President-elect, Rudy Giuliani held a press conference, not outside Four Seasons Hotel like many believed but rather, Four Seasons Total Landscaping. Donald Trump clarified through Twitter that the latter was the place of interest.
During the conference, Giuliani expressed his doubts regarding the mail-in ballots–potentially because of the topic of fraud– and also declared the reason why they needed to do a press conference here in the city of Pennsylvania. The humor doesn’t seem to just stem from the fact that the area is almost an arbitrary choice–in the back parking lot with the backdrop of “Trump 2020” plastered all over behind Giuliani. The location also stands in between a crematorium and an adult shop.
An organizer from Change.org started a petition to the U.S. National Park Services to request that there be an addition of Four Seasons Total Landscaping to the National Register of Historical Places. The National Register of Historic Places, according to its website, pledges to “coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.” As of November 26th in the afternoon, there are only a couple hundred signatures shy of the necessary 5,000. However, despite this honorable name, the description for the petition goes as such: “We as a nation need to remember when the travesty of the Trump administration died with a whimper.”
Many commented that their reason for signing was to “memorialize” this “hilarious moment.” One commenter stated, ” In sod we trust.” In fact, most of the comments seem to be along the lines of preserving this humorous press conference location as such appears to crystallize the moment Trump’s presidency has come to a screeching halt.
But for Four Seasons Total Landscaping, the experience was fruitful. It has planted its roots quickly after this event with a merchandise line following the news conference. This was not before they expressed their honor. On their new Twitter page, they stated that they were “long Philadelphians” who were “honored to be asked to host a press conference at [their] facility.” Further, they stated that their team “would have proudly hosted any presidential candidate’s campaign at [their] business.”
According to the website, they were established in 1992. They offer grounds maintenance for companies, specialty services like watering and landscape design, and aid during weather events like snow cleanup.
More recently, they might be known for their merchandise which includes caps, sweatshirts, and even ornaments. Regardless, they have not dove into one side of politics too much, diving into the whole humor of the situation with Zoom backgrounds of the parking lot and phrases like “LawnandOrder” as well as “Make America Rake Again” instead.
There is even a Wikipedia page titled “Four Seasons Total Landscaping press conference.”
The landscape now isn’t the most heartening, but the humor that stems from serious, almost stoic situations warms the political climate–at least for a little bit.