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Barack Obama's most mysterious manager of our age he appeared suddenly like a -- dropping from the night sky.
Within four years of its first fleeting appearance on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
He became president of United States.
He had moved so quickly that -- 2008 presidential campaign felt compelled.
To repeatedly reintroduce him tell his life story and flickering videos and campaign speeches.
When his autobiography was reissued during the campaign it became number one New York Times best seller.
Its sales were driven by curiosity.
In urgent desire to know who -- The mystery did not burn away in the heat of the presidency the most public office in the world.
As president he has remained surprisingly.
Distant and private he stands apart and are joined up interconnected.
Social networked world.
In a hint of self criticism in his autobiography he writes I have grown to comfortable in my solitude the safest place -- new.
Indeed Obama may be the most solitary man ever to hold the office of president.
Social circles usually widen -- president's build alliances and recruit the public to their side.
Strangely Obama's circle frank.
State dinners public perceptions and private moments with the barons and harnesses of Washington -- few.
His disdain for official Washington was not a campaign -- but a genuine feeling Welling up from the deep in -- -- It is not that he dislikes power or the perks that come -- Is -- explanation Oprah Winfrey about the joys of having White House butlers servants cards and other attendants testifies to that.
But he dislikes the public give and take of politics.
He distrusts the idea that political decisions are supposed to be a collaborative enterprise involving experts and executives with conflicting interests similar to making a movie or running a corporation.
Instead he wants the presidency be more like writing a book or commanding a battalion.
Alone decider who hands down commands.
He retreats from people aside from a small trusted circle because he believes power is -- when it is shared.
As a result even old friends found themselves -- Christopher Edley junior the dean of the University of California Berkeley's law school.
Have been a friend and informal advisor to Obama for years.
Often he would -- tax ideas are mild critiques to Obama while it was on the campaign trail.
When he wrote the president a short note to take issue -- a public statement in 2010 he received a call from Obama's most powerful and influential advisor Valerie Jarrett.
She said the president did not appreciate his remarks.
The -- Providence surprised the mild mannered scholar.
The president no longer tolerated even moderate criticism from a friendly liberal -- And the president famously said he didn't want any new friends.
There is no evidence that Obama has added many new friends since he moved the White House except for a handful of Secret Service stations.
One trusted friend presidential body man Reggie Love has even left his position at the White House to earn a master's degree.
Isolation more than previous president's seems to -- the rule in the Obama White House.
Informal moments paint the picture.
When watching his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers win the 2009 Super Bowl.
Obama didn't mix much with the guests packed into the yellow -- oval room in the White House residence.
The White House staff not the president or First Lady had invited most of the guests.
Obama sat directly before the television.
Positioned in the front of the room when an empty seat to his right.
To his left -- long -- -- Marty Nesbitt an African American from Chicago.
Plays no formal role in national politics.
Behind the president were clustered other longtime Chicago friends with -- attorney general Eric Holder leaning confidently against a wall.
Virtually everyone physically closed the president was African American and linked to Chicago.
Farther back -- congressman Mike Doyle a reliable white Democrat from Pittsburgh -- the Steelers health problem.
Farther back still or other political supporters.
The Washington insiders were packed into the outer reaches of the room like Pluto -- weekly orbiting distant sun.
It telling photo Obama shown pumping his two arms in the air to nearby faces of his friends alive with joy.
The mood fades though as you move away from the president.
In the back of the room the washing crowd it's almost out of focus and seemingly unsure of what is expected of them.
Only two people are cheering along with the president.
Pluto so cold.
The photo taken by Obama insider Pete Rouse was snapped during the ascendant triumphant period -- the first Obama years.
It was 2009.
When Democrats controlled all of the elected branches of the federal government the country overwhelmingly supported the new president.
And many hopeful changes seemed possible.
The Steelers -- winning it Obama seemed almost alone.
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