Things That Really, Really Bug Obama

Missing family time, overzealous make-up artists rankle the president
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2009 3:35 PM CDT
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, with daughter Sasha, center, walk to board Air Force One, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Staffers say that “No Drama Obama” largely deserves his nickname. Nonetheless, there are ways to tick the president off. Politico lists his biggest pet peeves:

  • When aides schedule events that conflict with dad/daughter time.
  • People who try to get him to wear baseball gear from teams other than the White Sox.
  • Missing his daily workout.

  • Photographers who take a seemingly endless stream of snapshots of him.
  • The “shine police”—makeup artists who constantly re-powder his face before interviews.
  • Getting too-detailed instructions. “If you spend too much time telling him where to go, how you get there, and everything in between, it drives him crazy,” said one long-time aide.
  • The biggest pet peeve: being late. “He hates inconveniencing people,” said another aide. "He hates being rushed, and he hates shortchanging someone.”