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“Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books”

In an interview with The New York Times President Obama shares his reflections on the role literature has played in shaping him as a person and politician, and how books and writing will continue to influence him post-presidency.

The love for literature runs deep in the Obama Administration, including Harvard English alumna, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ’81.

“Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the indispensable role that books have played during his presidency and throughout his life — from his peripatetic and sometimes lonely boyhood, when ‘these worlds that were portable’ provided companionship, to his youth when they helped him to figure out who he was, what he thought and what was important.”

Read Michiko Kakutani’s full New York Times interview with President Obama here.