How Obama keeps busy on Air Force One

Copyright 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010; 8:11 AM

WEST WING MORNING BRIEFING By Michael D. Shear The president's official schedule for today is pretty thin. He takes off from LAX at 8:40 a.m. Pacific time to return home from his Los Angeles fundraising trip. He lands at Andrews Air Force Base at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time. That's it. That's the schedule. So it got us to wondering: what, exactly, does the president do on Air Force One during long, boring flights across the country? Unlike the rest of us, he's not crammed in a middle seat in coach. And, unlike regular folk, he can doesn't have to turn off all electronic equipment when he's taking off. But he still has to fill six long hours in the air. According to Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, here's how he fills it: * Receiving briefings from staff about events that he will participate in when he lands. (There are actually

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