Hail to the Chief

I just shit a brick folks. I was reading this article forwarded to me by Jack about the differences between Obama’s and Bush’s White House. The author discussed dress code and daily schedules, and, GASP, the balance between work and family.

He reads several papers, eats breakfast with his family and helps pack his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, off to school before making the 30-second commute downstairs – a definite perk for a man trying to balance work and family life. He eats dinner with his family, then often returns to work; aides have seen him in the Oval Office as late as 10 p.m., reading briefing papers for the next day.

“Even as he is sober about these challenges, I have never seen him happier,” Axelrod said. “The chance to be under the same roof with his kids, essentially to live over the store, to be able to see them whenever he wants, to wake up with them, have breakfast and dinner with them – that has made him a very happy man.”

Whoa! What’s more surprising: that such a high ranking man has a desire to balance work and family, or that the author even thought it was necessary to mention it? And not only mention it, but clarify that it makes him happier! At last: Recognition, with a capital R, that perhaps not only women toil with the work/family balance.


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