Politics

Obama's American Vision

The president interviews an author and opens a window into his mind and values.

A different prism.

Photographer: Michael Kovac/WireImage

Barack Obama interviewed author Marilynne Robinson in Iowa on September 14. The transcript, published in the New York Review of Books, is remarkable -- not least for the juxtaposition of a sitting president in the seemingly unprecedented role of interviewer rather than interviewee. That the president is earnestly questioning a woman whom most Americans have never heard of only heightens the wonder.

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