The Obama Memos
The thing about injuries is that they give you time to read New Yorkers cover to cover. I just read “The Obama Memos” by Ryan Lizza. I think I know what it is like to be president from watching West Wing — a ridiculous delusion, but one I hold onto. And so I was not surprised to read the memos from “Ax” and others detailing the pressures from opponents and allies alike. Martin Sheen had the same problems. But there was still something thrilling about reading the president’s responses, getting a glimpse of the Oval Office, the team in action, or in-action, as some of my friends complain. And yet Lizza ends the article by saying “his first two years stand as one of the most successful legislative periods in modern history.”
It is astonishing how little we know about what is actually happening in Washington, and yet how much we think we know.