By SUSAN LEHMAN
Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. In this podcast, White House correspondent Michael D. Shear talks about President Obama’s final days in office.
The Times’ White House correspondent, Michael D. Shear, has covered Barack Obama’s presidency from the beginning. The reporter who broke the now famous “seven-almond story” — according to which, the president allows himself a snack of just seven almonds — Mr. Shear has covered the president’s policies and public appearances, as well as his private moments in the White House.
In this podcast, Mr. Shear reflects on Mr. Obama’s leave-taking, his farewell speech, his mood and his post-presidential plans.
He describes the “jaw-on-the-floor amazement” with which Mr. Obama’s very disciplined staff viewed the “insanity” that surrounded President-elect’s Donald J. Trump’s first news conference. He notes that Mr. Obama and his family will live in Washington, not far from the White House and also a few houses down the street from Ivanka Trump and her family — “quite an interesting neighborhood” — and considers Mr. Obama’s immediate plans.
“I don’t think that he is going to go off into the sunset … I think we’ll see him again.”