The View of Obama From the Conde Nast Tower
I wonder sometimes if they have any idea how this looks to the rest of us. And imagine what's it going to be like when the Democrats don't enjoy sizable majorities in both houses of Congress!
As if the visuals weren't enough, Vanity Fair's teaser for the not-yet-online piece should purge you of Sunday dinner:
Using history as his backdrop, Purdum spends a day inside the West Wing and talks to Obama's top aides, who tell him about the challenges of playing the Beltway game, ugly as it has become, even as their boss insists they find a way to transcend it. […]
Larry Summers, who served as Clinton's Treasury secretary for the last 18 months of his term, says, "It used to be there was a kind of rhythm to the day" with the tempo picking up after the markets closed and as newspaper deadlines approached, between four and seven P.M. "That's gone." And, according to Rahm Emanuel, C.I.A. director Leon Panetta thinks "it's a huge problem" that Washington runs at such "a highly caffeinated speed."
Emanuel calls it "Fucknutsville," and Valerie Jarrett says she looks back wistfully to a time when credible people could put a stamp of reliability on information and opinion: "Walter Cronkite would get on and say the truth, and people believed the media," she says.