After his first 40 days in office, President Obama has begun to develop a routine. Washington Post’s Eli Saslow, in “Obama, Reaching Outside the Bubble,” describes how Obama is putting in 11-hour days, is trying to get outside of Washington at least once a week, and wants to be home each evening for dinner with his family!
The article describes the layers of staff that are typically around the President – nearly 100 staff who manage his paper flow and scheduling. New Presidents typically chaff at the security and tight schedules. Obama seems to be no different, but he’s trying to keep in contact with friends and the general public by creating a routine that includes them as well as his staff.
While the policy issues being addressed are far from routine, this article gives a good sense of the dynamics of the daily rhythm of the Obama White House.