Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Michael Lewis's Profile of the President as Human

Here, in Vanity Fair. Conservatives will complain that it's little more than election-year hagiography - the verbal equivalent of the fake documentaries they show at party conventions before presidential candidates' acceptance speeches. I actually found the piece insightful. And, of course, Lewis (author of Liar's Poker, Money Ball and The Big Short, among other notable books) is a terrific writer. He weaved a fascinating narrative out of a series of relative short one-on-one sessions, including on the basketball court.

I don't buy Obama's claim that he generally excludes practical political considerations from the tough decisions he has to make on a daily basis; I don't believe anyone who ignored political considerations could gain election to the highest office in the land in the first place. Which is not to say that Obama sometimes chooses (as other presidents before him have done) to make politically unpopular decisions. In any case, Lewis certainly does bring out the man behind the politician. 

I'd like to see someone do the same for Mitt Romney.

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