Obama aides, full of emotion, get ready to turn out the lights
"It doesn't fully hit you that it's over," said one recently departed alum. By SARAH WHEATON
This week, President Barack Obama’s White House aides have been getting their last taste of Chocolate Freedom.
The molten fudge confection (with fro-yo a la mode) is the signature dessert at the White House restaurant known as the mess, and it’s been a must-order item at last meals there for the hundreds of Obama-appointed staffers who need to be out the door before Friday. The marble halls of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building echo with the sounds of colleagues exchanging personal Gmail addresses. Gigantic boxes haphazardly filled with computer monitors are scattered around the corridors.
They always knew the end was coming. But that doesn’t make it feel any less abrupt for the dedicated staff who will suddenly no longer have every waking moment consumed by one man and one mission. They’ll no longer be on guard for how any development, anywhere in the world, might require Obama’s and therefore their own response.
“In the moment, a week of 18-hour days can feel like an eternity,” said Charlie Anderson, who spent most of the past 10 years working for Obama. “In retrospect, it all just compresses.”
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