NBC’s two-hour special on President Obama and the White House will air tonight at 9 p.m. but they’ve begun to post some video on the web.
One clip shows Obama talking with NBC’s Brian Williams about the way his job makes it hard to have a normal life. He told him this last week as they drove in the president’s bulletproof limo in the middle of a large motorcade to a Five Guys burger joint near Nationals Stadium.
Richard Ben Cramer had an insightful passage about living inside the “bubble” in his 1992 book, “What it Takes.” This passage is about former Vice President George H.W. Bush, who went on to win the 1988 (corrected) election.
“In this case, some four hundred people, a couple of hundred thousand dollars, and a couple of hundred million dollars in government equipment got the Vice President to the ball game in perfect security, and comfort. They also made it possible for him to spend the better part of a day, leave his office, board an airplane, travel halfway across the nation, land in another city and travel overland thirty miles to a ballpark, and never see one person who was not a friend or someone whose sole purpose it was to serve or protect him.
” … No one who hadn’t lived in the bubble could know what it was like: a trip of a thousand miles, two thousand, or more, across a continent, around the globe, without one word exchanged with a stranger; a year, two years, four years, without driving a car, without being allowed to drive a car; instead, the hush of the limousine and the silent smile from the Service man at the wheel; the stewards in the plane, hovering to know his pleasure.”
One other clip that’s sure to delight dog lovers is this one of the first dog, Bo.
— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times