Orrin Judd spots this telling anecdote from the same source material as the Telegraph’s article we just linked to:
The 330 pages of “The Obamas” by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor leaves the impression of a first lady who is much more influential than the public has known and a Barack Obama who seems at times more enamored with the idea of having been president than with actually being president.
Consider this passage: “What Obama really looked forward to, said his friends, was the period that followed the presidency, whenever it arrived,” Kantor writes. The president’s close friend, Eric Whittaker, says Mr. Obama talks about going back to walking in the streets and wandering around bookstores. Another close Obama friend, Marty Nesbitt, says the president has told him he will be able to accomplish a lot after leaving office “because he would finally be free of politics,” Kantor writes.
You can make Obama’s dream come true in November, by giving him all the time in the world to wander the bookstores. I wonder what his reading choices will be?