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15
Jul
16

The President’s Thinking Hours

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Michael D. Shear: Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone

“Are you up?” The emails arrive late, often after 1 a.m., tapped out on a secure BlackBerry from an email address known only to a few. The weary recipients know that once again, the boss has not yet gone to bed. The late-night interruptions from President Obama might be sharply worded questions about memos he has read. Sometimes they are taunts because the recipient’s sports team just lost. Last month it was a 12:30 a.m. email to Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, and Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff, telling them he had finished reworking a speechwriter’s draft of presidential remarks for later that morning. Mr. Obama had spent three hours scrawling in longhand on a yellow legal pad an angry condemnation of Donald J. Trump’s response to the attack in Orlando, Fla., and told his aides they could pick up his rewrite at the White House usher’s office when they came in for work. Mr. Obama calls himself a “night guy,” and as president, he has come to consider the long, solitary hours after dark as essential as his time in the Oval Office.

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He works on speeches. He reads the stack of briefing papers delivered at 8 p.m. by the National Security Council staff secretary. He reads 10 letters from Americans chosen each day by his staff. “He is thoroughly predictable in having gone through every piece of paper that he gets,” said Tom Donilon, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser from 2010 to 2013. “You’ll come in in the morning, it will be there: questions, notes, decisions.”  One night last June, Cody Keenan, the president’s chief speechwriter, had just returned home from work at 9 p.m. and ordered pizza when he heard from the president: “Can you come back tonight?” Mr. Keenan met the president in the usher’s office on the first floor of the residence, where the two worked until nearly 11 p.m. on the president’s eulogy for nine African-Americans fatally shot during Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Three months earlier, Mr. Keenan had had to return to the White House when the president summoned him — at midnight — to go over changes to a speech Mr. Obama was to deliver in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when protesters were brutally beaten by the police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. “There’s something about the night,” Mr. Keenan said, reflecting on his boss’s use of the time. “It’s smaller. It lets you think.”

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05
Jul
15

Some News We Missed

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Get yourself together, Twitter and accompanying social media platforms

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03
Jul
15

“I knew I was going to sing… I was just trying to figure out which key”

An amazing conversation with Valerie Jarrett on what has transpired in America over the last two weeks through the eyes of President Obama

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~10:45 Valerie Jarrett‘s response “why is it all on him?”

27
Jun
15

Tweets Of The Week

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27
Jun
15

Bree Newsome Is What Courage And Bravery Looks Like

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, Bree Newsome

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Yes, TOD. This is the perfect example of what you can call money well spent

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24
Jun
15

A Tweet Or Two

The power of President Obama

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Yay! Go buy, buy, buy!

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They truly bring out the best in each other 🙂

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The power of President Obama part deux

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The power of President Obama part trois

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The power of President Obama part quatre

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May he rest in peace

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22
Jun
15

A Tweet Or Two

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This is sometimes what it means to be black in America

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As a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment. When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn’t complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside. “It felt like you were on fire,” recalls Edwards, now 93 years old. “Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break out. And then some of the guys fainted. And finally they opened the door and let us out, and the guys were just, they were in bad shape.”

Edwards was one of 60,000 enlisted men enrolled in a once-secret government program — formally declassified in 1993 — to test mustard gas and other chemical agents on American troops. But there was a specific reason he was chosen: Edwards is African-American. White enlisted men were used as scientific control groups. Their reactions were used to establish what was “normal,” and then compared to the minority troops.

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Perfect example why Nikki Haley shouldn’t be applauded. If there wasn’t worldwide attention, she’d proudly and happily let that racist flag fly high

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22
Jun
15

President Obama Gives The Country Some Well Deserved Real Talk

A must listen to interview. Marc was great. He asked very relevant questions and covered an interesting breadth of topics. President Obama was fantastic. He doesn’t have to run his answers through pollsters, a communication team, a PR firm, etc., He is always refreshingly honest because he speaks from the heart. A hallmark of a true leader

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22
Jun
15

Team (POTUS) Obama Is Amazing!

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20
Jun
15

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