Interesting article is about steps Obama is taking to go outside the bubble, but the article makes it clear that a President, any President, is many ways a prisoner. (You also have to wonder if the White House is being run efficiently.) washingtonpost.com Obama's life as president is outsourced to about 25 assistants, 25 deputy assistants and 50 special assistants who act as a massive siphon to control the information that reaches his desk and schedule the meetings and public appearances that shape his days. A correspondence staff sorts through his mail and selects the 10 letters that he reads. Three calligraphers write his invitations and thank-you notes. Two "body men" follow him in lockstep to carry his jacket, supply his ChapStick and place his telephone calls. ... Even though his family is served in the residence by a full-time staff of 92 that includes six butlers, three florists, a seamstress and a lighting expert, friends said the old Obama family rules still apply. Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, still wake themselves up with their own alarm clocks. They still make their own beds and clean their rooms, regardless of the housekeeping staff.