I thought this was kind of interesting, this interchange between President Obama and Michelle during a fundraiser late this afternoon in Cleveland. A little airing of marital stresses.
It’s always seemed to me that Michelle has tried to insist he not forsake his family for politics, and I’m sure it’s a big sticking point. So many politicians put their family in a little box, and just do their thing. Reagan’s disfunctional clan is the perfect example. Clinton needs no introduction on this.
It seems like Obama veers toward living in his own world. He not only has a little bit of stuff to distract him at work, but he still clearly loves to hang out with the guys on weekends and seems to watch his fair share of sports on TV.
But he makes a conscious effort not to abandon the family. It seems to work, at least up to a point.
From the pool report.
FLOTUS introduced POTUS as “the love of my life, though he doesn’t always think it. And more importantly, the President of the United States.”
He later demurred that: “It is not true that more importantly I am the President of the United States. More importantly, I am Michelle Obama’s husband, and Malia and Sasha’s father, and Michelle has put up with me through thick and thin, and I’m grateful for her each and every day.”
“So it’s fun having her along on this road trip,” he added. “You know, usually I am all by myself, and I listen to my iPod. We had a wonderful conversation on the way here (comic pause) and she’s telling me what I should do. It’s true.”
The audienced laughed.
“You think I’m joking. I’m not. I have witnesses.”
And then he laughed.