Obama and His Daily Life in the White House


What is the President’s working day like? Many people must be fascinated about President Obama and his daily life in the White House. People may think he has a cool life with a private plane, tight security and a fancy car. Yes, no doubt it looks cool, but not everyone can live it or sustain it. The amount of hard work required here is not a joke; it is a daunting task. So, how does Barack Obama, the forty-fourth president of the United States, manage his hardworking life?

The day starts the night before

The president’s day in fact starts the night before. This is the time when Obama takes a head start of his next working day by reading about the matters and works that are required to be done next day.

The workout

President Obama spends every morning 45 minutes in his personal gym. His feels that the workout time makes his day productive. Occasionally, he also holds a regular basketball game with a handful of Washington friends, each with serious basketball experience.

Same like others

Even though the president wakes up early in the morning, he gets to work, in the Oval Office, at 9:30 am. Obama’s early morning is very much like a typical hardworking, middle-aged father: a 45-minute time in the gym, followed by breakfast with his family and a skim over the morning newspapers.

Then comes the big day

Obama’s daily life in the White house is not that much different from others. Between 9:30 a.m. and about 4:30 p.m., Obama’s workday is packed with briefings and meetings on everything, from intelligence to the economy, federal activity, and foreign policy. And of course every day is big day full of many difficult decisions of the presidency.

Family dinner

Obama’s workday usually ends at 6:30 p.m, and then it’s the dinner time. He enjoys a daily dinner with his wife Michelle and two daughters–Natasha and Malia. Obama considers the dinner time as a rare moment and an important part of his day. Obama has always tried to be an involved father whatever busy schedule he had. After dinner he hangs out with the kids and puts them to bed about 8:30 p.m.

Personal time is sacred

The president has three moments in his busy schedule that are unquestionably his: the morning workout, his dinner with his daughters, and the nighttime after his family falls asleep. Interestingly, each block of time serves a different role for Obama: the gym keeps him healthy and fit, the late night helps him catch up on work, and the dinner is especially sacred time, with the added benefit of giving the President a bit of perspective outside his hectic workday.

Obama’s choice for drinking: a martini

Obama is not a hard-drinking person, but he allowed himself a rare martini on the night the health-care bill passed in the House. Junior staffers were given a tour of the Lincoln Bedroom, and the night ended at around 1:30 a.m.

The bed time

Here comes the end of the story about Obama and his daily life in the White House. Between 12-1:00 am Obama finally retires to his bedroom where once slept the Abraham Lincoln. After his family goes to bed, the president commonly stays up working on the left over stuff from the day. Mainly his nightly responsibilities include leafing through the binder of documents that his staffer has asked him to go over.

Editorial by Rahad Abir


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