What President Barack Obama Would Do if Given a Day to Do Anything

Screen Shot 2012-09-13 at 11.03.10 AMMichael Lewis, President Barack Obama. Photo: Official White House Photograph/Pete Souza

Reporter Michael Lewis followed President Barack Obama for six months in order to write the profile "Obama's Way." At its core, the Vanity Fair story is a testament to the 44th president's ability to juggle numerous duties while making decisions that he hopes stay true to his character. In one day he might give interviews about a domestic policy like "No Child Left Behind," meet with a child who has an incurable disease, meet with his staff, talk to ESPN about sports, celebrate high school students who have won a science competition, and make a decision to involve the country in a foreign war. Lewis shadowed Obama during flights on Air Force One, a pick-up basketball game with the FBI, and around the White House as the president reacted to the series of everyday events that required his attention. In the end, Lewis was able to use his reporting to connect Obama's decision about how to deal with the revolution in Libya with a downed Air Force navigator's situation on the ground in that country.

In the midst of all of his reporting, Lewis asked Obama what he would do if he could get away from everything for a day. Obama's answer is simple and clean and shows that he values his time outside.

Aboard Air Force One, I’d asked him what he would do if granted a day when no one knew who he was and he could do whatever he pleased. How would he spend it? He didn’t even have to think about it:

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