By A.C. at Fore Left:
New Yorker editor and Obama biographer David Remnick is back at work again, giving readers an inside view of the President in an extensive piece in his own magazine. One excerpt about Obama not wanting his mythical son to play NFL football made a splash Sunday, but there are other interesting things in the 19 pages not included in Politico's summary, so I thought I would discuss some of them. Those without the stomach or patience can peel off now without penalty.
Let's start near the beginning, with Remnick talking about Obama's work ethic and ability to 'crank things out', like book chapters, while discussing his expected lucrative presidential memoirs. Quoting a friend:
“I don’t see him locked up in a room writing all the time. His capacity to crank stuff out is amazing. When he was writing his second book, he would say, ‘I’m gonna get up at seven and write this chapter—and at nine we’ll play golf.’ I would think no, it’s going to be a lot later, but he would knock on my door at nine and say, ‘Let’s go.’
This is odd considering that Remnick wrote a book about Obama that included details of how blocked Obama was when trying to finish "Dreams". Writer Jack Cashill questioned some details and Remnick took issue--and not only with Cashill's thesis. So we await Jack's response to this article.
Onward to the left coast. Remnick writes largely from a fundraising trip taken with the President shortly after Thanksgiving 2013. Regarding the first stop, Seattle:
Obama stepped up to a platform and went to work. First ingratiation, then gratitude, then answers. He expressed awe at the sight of Mt. Rainier. Being in Seattle, he said, made him “feel the spirit of my mom,” the late Ann Dunham, who went to high school nearby, on Mercer Island.
Why wouldn't he mention that Obama himself once resided in Seattle when that same mother evidently dragged the small tot to Seattle so she could attend the University of Washington months after he was born, according to the evidence? Cashill already has two items to pick apart!