Courting the Surf Vote

What would the Pres. do with a day off? He’d go surfing.

A Presidential shaka. Photo: Ellis

In Vanity Fair's recent piece on Barack Obama, profiler Michael Lewis asked the president what he'd do if he had one day off from the presidency. This was his response:

"When I lived in Hawaii, I'd take a drive from Waikiki to where my grandmother lived—up along the coast heading east, and it takes you past Hanauma Bay. When my mother was pregnant with me she'd take a walk along the beach. . . . You park your car. If the waves are good you sit and watch and ponder it for a while. You grab your car keys in the towel. And you jump in the ocean. And you have to wait until there is a break in the waves. . . . And you put on a fin—and you only have one fin—and if you catch the right wave you cut left because left is west. . . . Then you cut down into the tube there. You might see the crest rolling and you might see the sun glittering. You might see a sea turtle in profile, sideways, like a hieroglyph in the water. . . . And you spend an hour out there. And if you've had a good day you've caught six or seven good waves and six or seven not so good waves. And you go back to your car. With a soda or a can of juice. And you sit. And you can watch the sun go down …"

Regardless of your political leaning, one thing is certain: the POTUS is itching for a surf.

To read the full article go to Vanity Fair.