“Obama: ‘Deep Down … There’s a Laziness in Me,'” National Journal reports, complete with a hilariously shocked, “unexpected” tone in its lede:
The personality trait President Obama says he most deplores in himself and others is not exactly one you’d expect from, presumably, one of the busiest people in the world: laziness.
“You’re lazy?” Barbara Walters incredulously asked Obama, sitting alongside the first lady, in an interview scheduled to air on ABC on Friday night but previewed ahead of time.
“It’s interesting…. Deep down underneath all the work I do, I think there’s a laziness in me,” Obama said. “It’s probably from growing up in Hawaii, and it’s sunny outside. Sitting on the beach.”
Obama then added the trait he truly most dislikes in others is cruelty. “I can’t stand cruel people,” he said.
But he’s willing to make exceptions whenever it’s politically expedient: