picture source: Us Weekly
Barack Obama, warm smile and all, graces the cover of GQ Magazine’s “Men of the Year” issue of 2015.
In his final year of presidency, Obama has become a very relaxed guy since his inauguration in 2009.
The interview, done by sports columnist Bill Simmons, discusses everything from basketball, his daughters growing up, conspiracy theories, the president’s bad habits, and more.
The interview is a great read, and the president just seems so candid throughout the whole thing, nothing quite planned exactly. The full thing will be posted at the bottom, but here are some of the highlights.
Simmons: Has anyone come to the White House and picked up your older daughter for a date?
Obama: “No, but I’ve seen some folks glancing at her in ways that made me not happy.”
Simmons: What’s the most entertaining conspiracy theory you ever read about yourself?
“That military exercises we were doing in Texas were designed to begin martial law so that I could usurp the Constitution and stay in power longer. Anybody who thinks I could get away with telling Michelle I’m going to be President any longer than eight years does not know my wife.”
Can I just say I love the relationship between Michelle and Obama!
He Marvels at His Daughters’ Cell Phone Habits (Us Weekly)
“It’s so interesting watching my daughters. Both are complete ninjas on the phone, right? And they can do things that I don’t even understand — they’re doing it in two seconds,” Obama shared. “But I even see a difference between Malia, who’s 17, and Sasha, who’s 14. There’s almost a mini-generational gap in terms of Sasha being so connected seamlessly to this smartphone in a way that Malia, who was already a little bit older when it really started to take, is not.”
One of Obama’s most known qualities over the eight years of his presidency, he is likeable. Whether people hate his policies, or don’t agree with everything he says about politics, he is in fact, a very charismatic person in general. His personality shines through this interview. Simmons did a great job with incorporating Obama’s family in an appropriate manner, along with adding elements that no one would know about his except his closest peers. This is what true journalism is about, seeking to find the things that the fans, the readers, want to know that they may never find out by ‘googling’ their biography.
Though Obama will soon be out of office, he will leave a mark on America as a whole. As the first black president, Obama broke stereotypes and proved his intellect and skills set him apart from the other candidates when he ran, making him truly the best choice during the period of time. He will be missed, but Americans have changed. They are now ready for more change to come.
Sources: GQ Magazine http://www.gq.com/story/president-obama-bill-simmons-interview-gq-men-of-the-year
Us Weekly http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/president-obama-is-gqs-man-of-the-year-his-10-best-quotes-w157780