Obama: I Just Miss Being Anonymous

Aw. Poor President Obama doesn’t get to be anonymous, and go for long walks in the park like any old regular schmo. So he golfs instead.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that his comments were made while talking to editors and publishers of Hearst Magazine. Poor baby.

The president said he loves his life in the White House but doesn’t enjoy some of the ways of Washington, such as the “kabuki dance” among political partisans before serious policy discussions begin. He also regrets his loss of personal privacy.

“I just miss – I miss being anonymous,” he said at the meeting in the White House. “I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can’t take a walk.”

He says he enjoys golf but is not the fanatic that some have portrayed.

“It’s the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch,” he said.

What he really wants is just to stroll through Central Park and people watch. As if he could stand not being the center of attention, or leading the Kabuki dance.

Instead he’ll have to settle for the Lincoln Memorial. Just watch how the lack of anonymity brings him down.

Update: Memeorandum now has a thread linking to a Texas on the Potomac piece.

The Cloakroom linked – thanks!