Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Obama bits from New Yorker profile

The Washington Post provides a quick read for those who don't want the long read of a 17,000-word Obama profile in The New Yorker.

Obama bits from New Yorker profile

For all time-managers or lazy readers The Washington Post is kind enough to provide a list of bits from a 17,000-word profile of President Obama in The New Yorker.

The magazine piece is based on several hours of interviews conducted by New Yorker editor David Remnick.

You can read The Post shorthand of the piece here.

Highlights include the president's take on the NFL in which he compares players to "smokers," saying that when it comes to concerns about concussions, players know what they signed up for, sort of like smokers.

Okay, boys, hit `em if ya got `em.

He tells the mag he plans to write a memoir (who doesn't?) after leaving office. The mag quotes literary agent Andrew Wylie predicting the book will earn $17 million to $20 million.

Hmmm. Sounds a little like income disparity.

There's reference to race. "There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President," he tells Remnick, noting there's also folks who give him "the benefit of the doubt precisely because I'm a black President."

Yeah, not exactly revolutionary new insight.

But fun stuff includes what's in the bag that always accompanies the President. List includes Nicorette, pens, Advil, protein bars, iPad, iPod and Black Forest Berry Honest Tea.

It's caffeine-free and lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar, which sounds like something Ed Rendell would call a drink for "wusses."

But hold on. The piece reveals the Prez is socializing more now that his daughters are older. Likes hosting dinners. Likes staying up late. Likes martinis.

Along those lines he says he supports new state laws in Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana.

Party on, dude.

Of course there's lots of serious stuff about Iran, the NSA, Syria, drones, etc., but I'm betting that won't get the attention of Black Forest Berry Honest Tea.


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