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Obama on job performance: 'You can't take yourself too seriously'

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President Obama says he manages the ups and downs of his job by laughing at himself. A lot.

“Part of the way you survive the stress of the White House is being able to laugh with your team about some of the crazy stuff that happens,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with talk-show host Steve Harvey that aired Friday. “You can’t take yourself too seriously, you have to take the job seriously.”

He didn’t mention it in the context of Obamacare’s problems, but the president said humor is a necessary part of surviving the pitfalls of the office.

“You have to take your responsibility seriously, but you know you have to be able to laugh at yourself first and foremost in order to be able to manage the whole thing,” he said.

The president said first lady Michelle Obama helps by constantly cracking him up.

“You know the truth is I laugh all the time,” Mr. Obama said. “Partly because Michelle’s really funny. She’s just a funny person. So we get a lot of good laughs.”

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