Barack Obama edits himself

A New Republic article compares the books and authorship styles of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The story is pegged to the plagiarism brouhaha involving Obama’s speeches.

Deep in the story is some insight on Obama as an editor. Apparently, he files some clean copy, according to this editor:

I’ve never worked with any other writer who needed less line editing than he did. That’s how clean his writing is. That doesn’t mean we didn’t do some editing. I did a lot of different things. But he’s sort of a self-editing phenomenon. Sometimes my role was to stand back and watch him edit himself.

This leads to a question: If Obama is elected president, will he blog from the White House? And if so, will he have an editor, or will he publish straight from his computer in the Oval Office?



  1. Perhaps, if Obama can offer “hope” to copy editors amid the “change” we’re seeing in the profession.

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