Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic
A couple months ago, the Washington Post's Joel Achenbach asked a question that's been swirling around our brains ever since: What does a president really do all day? We know elements of his job description — Commander in Chief, for instance — and nicknames that get tossed around, like "Leader of the free world." But what does that really mean, day-to-day? What does his schedule look like? I imagine something like, "9AM: Economy. 10AM: Iraq. 11AM: Domestic Policy" etc, but of course, it's probably a lot more detailed, a lot more varied from day to day, and a LOT more complicated. Achenbach dug in, and found quick decision-making, an early bedtime, exercise, and a lot of help keep the President on track. He joins us, and we'll also have John S. Gardner, former deputy Staff Secretary during both Bush presidencies (H.W. and W., that is), for an insider's point of view.