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Obama on launching wars and picking clothes


Vanity Fair has a long, interesting profile of President Obama by writer Michael Lewis who spent months shadowing the president in his daily life. He gives a flavour of how Obama plays basketball, launches military operations, crafts a pro-war acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, and how he picks his clothes:

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”

Worth reading.

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