‘Restless soul’ Obama feeling cooped up at White House

February 6, 2009

He’s lived in the place for less than three weeks, but U.S. President Barack Obama is already feeling the constraints of the White House.
 
USA-OBAMA/After announcing a busy travel schedule for the president next week, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked if Obama was feeling cooped up at the executive mansion.
 
“It’s safe to say,” Gibbs said.
 
“Look, you know, some of you have covered him and some of you haven’t, but he’s a bit of a restless soul.  His idea of a crazy day is to take a long walk.”
 
Asked where Obama liked to walk, Gibbs said “in solitude and isolation.”
 
The president may get a little solitude and isolation on Saturday. He’s headed to the Camp David presidential retreat with his family.
 
After that he hits the road to push Congress to pass an economic stimulus package. He’s in Indiana on Monday, Florida on Tuesday and Illinois on Thursday.
 
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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama walks to Marine One at White House Thursday evening)

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Take advantage of Camp David; that’s why it’s there.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive

Read your Bible and pray. That is the best cure for loneliness. Get close to Almighty God.

He wanted the job, warts and all. So he should start acting like a grown up and stop acting like a child.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Work on keeping America safe as Bush did.

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