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
Things That Really, Really Bug Obama
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)

(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.”
(Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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