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November 17, 2008

Video: First Interview with Obama since his Election, on 60 Minutes.

Video below:

Here’s a link to summary and video. Highlight:

He… reflected on the “loss of anonymity” that comes along with his new title.

“I can’t go to my old barber shop now. I’ve gotta have my barber come to some undisclosed location to cut my hair,” Mr. Obama said. “You know, that — the small routines of life — that keep you connected I think … some of those are being lost. One of the challenges I think that we’re going to be wrestling with is how to stay pretty normal.””

Here’s transcript highlight:

Steve Kroft: So here we are. 

President-elect Barack Obama: Here we are. 

Kroft: How’s your life changed in the last ten days? 

Mr. Obama: Well, I tell you what, there seem to be more people hovering around me. That’s for sure. And, on the other hand, I’m sleeping in my own bed over the last ten days, which is quite a treat. Michelle always wakes up earlier than I do. So listen to her roaming around and having the girls come in and, you know, jump in your bed. It’s a great feeling. Yeah. 

Kroft: Has this been easier than the campaign trail? 

Mr. Obama: Well, it’s different. I think that during the campaign it is just a constant frenetic, forward momentum. Here, I’m stationary. But the issues come to you. And we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got a lot of problems, a lot of big challenges. 

Kroft: Have there been moments when you’ve said, ‘What did I get myself into?’ 

Mr. Obama: Surprisingly enough, I feel right now that I’m doing what I should be doing. That gives me a certain sense of calm. I will say that the challenges that we’re confronting are enormous. And they’re multiple. And so there are times during the course of a given a day where you think, ‘Where do I start?’ 

Kroft: What have you been concentrating on this week? 

Mr. Obama: Couple of things. Number one, I think it’s important to get a national security team in place because transition periods are potentially times of vulnerability to a terrorist attack. We wanna make sure that there is as seamless a transition on national security as possible. Obviously the economy. Talking to top economic advisors about how we’re gonna create jobs, how we get the economy back on track and what do we do in terms of some long-term issues like energy and healthcare. And how do we sequence those things in a way that we can actually get things through Congress? 

Kroft: Are you in sync with Secretary Paulson in terms of how the $700 billion is being used? 

Mr. Obama: Well, look, Hank Paulson…

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