White House Photographer Pete Souza had this to say about capturing this photo: "The sun was setting as the Presidential motorcade arrived back at Miami International Airport. I ran to get in front of Air Force One so I could use the beautiful sky as the background when the President boarded the plane."
The White House photographer Pete Souza writes "The President was ready to announce the news about the mission against Osama bin Laden and was putting the finishing touches on his statement in the Outer Oval Office. As he did so, the networks broke in with bulletins confirming that bin Laden had been killed and a photograph of him appeared on the television screen in the background near the Vice President and Press Secretary Jay Carney."
Souza says "One of the most memorable moments of the year was when the President hugged Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as he walked onto the floor of the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his annual State of the Union address."
Pete Souza reveals an interesting fact about this photo: "The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. The campaign tweeted a similar photo from the campaign photographer on election night and a lot of people thought it was taken on election day."
U.S. President Barack Obama collects the folio holding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 after signing it into law in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 2, 2015.
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Obama's recommendation comes alongside nine other books on the president's list of required reading in the November issue of Wired.
Others include "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York" by Robert A. Caro and "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" by Katherine Boo.
In "Thinking, Fast and Slow,"Kahneman, a Nobel prize-winning psychologist and inventor of behavioral economics, explores two modes of thinking, which he calls System 1 and System 2.
System 1 thinking is gut-driven, instinctual. System 2 is thoughtful, reflective. Too often, Kahneman notes, people's decision-making gets mired in System 1 when really they should be taking a few seconds to study the problem at hand.
The White HouseSeveral months after Obama read "Thinking, Fast and Slow," CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Kahneman and asked him whether he thought the president was a System 1 thinker or a System 2 thinker.
"He is a slow thinker. He deliberates," Kahneman said. "He doesn't follow his gut immediately. He considers things. He is very thoughtful."
Deliberation may seem like a presidential trait, but Kahneman is quick to dispel the idea that commanders-in-chief must be System 2 thinkers. George W. Bush was a classic System 1 thinker, he says. "President Bush was proud of acting on his intuition, acting on his gut."
If you're curious which kind of thinker you might be, consider the following puzzle:
If it takes 5 machines 5 minutes to make 5 widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?
System 1 thinkers are more likely to rely on their snap judgment to supply the answer of "100 minutes." But the answer is actually "5 minutes," since it doesn't actually matter how many machines you have. Each machine takes 5 minutes to make a widget.
Don't feel bad if that problem stumped you. It's designed to exploit gaps in System 1 thinking. By drawing your eye to the quick succession of 5s, you naturally look to make the same connection in the solution. It's only through the slower, more deliberate thinking involved with System 2 that brings the correct answer into focus.
Obama's recommendation seems to suggest that even those of us who aren't making careful choices in the Oval Office could stand to think more with System 2.