You wonder who'd actually want the job of president
I get to see how grueling campaigning for president is. But I’ve traveled with Obama too -- and covered him in Washington -- and you see what an awful, stressful, demanding job the presidency really is. Don’t get me wrong, I see maybe 2 to 3% of the president’s day. But even that’s enough.
For example, I traveled with him once to Alaska. We flew maybe eight hours there and as soon as we landed, he had to be going, 100%, the entire time. Fully up to date on everything going on in the world, and having a response and position to every issue. Basically, there’s no downtime on those flights, it’s all just getting briefed and preparing responses.
Christmas is the worst. I’m relatively convinced anyone who’s ever been president hates this holiday more than anything. Because after a full day of briefings, press conferences, and making decisions that literally affect the entire world, you’ve gotta throw a party EVERY DAMN NIGHT. And not just like a dinner party where you entertain your friends. A party where there’s a receiving line of literally 300 people, each of whom you’ve got to make feel special for 15 seconds while they take a picture they’ll keep framed for the rest of their lives. Reagan used to do like 12 of these. Obama’s cut it down.
Every day I’m on the campaign trail and see these people working so hard for this job, I seriously wonder why anybody would ever want it.
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