President Obama’s job keeps him busy, and with the added amount of fundraising he’s been doing in recent weeks, he can often be found “working” late.
Many of us are forced on occasion to work into the evening, but the president is availing himself of an option most of us don’t have: He’s sleeping in.
Obama’s constant fundraising and travel, it appears, is making it difficult for him to get out of bed.
After a hard day of passing the hat around Monday in New York City – four fundraisers in all – Obama returned to the White House at close to 1:00 am. The next day he received the Presidential Daily Briefing – which normally kicks off his publicly announced schedule when he is in Washington and is usually taken by the president about 9:15 am – at 10:45 am.
Obama claims he works Saturdays. But this past Saturday, following a Friday trip to Minneapolis and Chicago that featured an incredible six fundraisers, Obama slept in at his home in Chicago, puttered around the house, and finally emerged at about 11:45 am to stroll to a friend’s house.
He ultimately got back to Andrews Air Force Base at 4:25 pm and headed straight to Camp David for further recuperation.
Obama then made a couple of public appearances to mark Memorial Day in Washington, but he appears to have squeezed in a little holiday time afterward, with his schedule beginning at 10:30 am the next day.
The week before, fundraising took a similar toll on the president’s morning habits, as you can see below.
On Monday of the same week, he returned to the White House at 12:50 am from a busy day – no fundraisers this time – of meetings with foreign leaders in Chicago and an “official” appearance in Joplin, Missouri.
The next day, he had no public schedule at all.
But alas, a busy night doesn’t always keep Obama in bed the following morning.
On Wednesday, May 23, his final fundraiser in Redwood City, California wasn’t scheduled to begin until 9:10 pm. But as you can see above, there he was on Thursday at 8:30 am – in San Jose for his first fundraiser of the new day.
Today, Obama is headed to San Francisco and Beverly Hills for a total of four fundraisers. The last begins at 8:55 pm.
Set the snooze.