I rarely watch daytime television for long, but today I caught the whole The-President-and-Five-Women interview, which was shot yesterday.
Barbara was the serious newswoman, fondling her note-cards.
EH took the strident-FOXy role. (Big surprise, right?)
Sherri was star-struck, yet cogent.
Joy got us laughing (so did the Pres!).
Whoopi nailed a thoughtful question totally from memory. (See, Barbara, this isn’t 20/20.)
I didn’t know about the Obama family tradition of the roses/thorns model for reconnecting with loved ones. In short, you think back over your day and designate a particularly good thing that happened as a rose, and a not-so-good-moment as a thorn. This, then, structures the beginning of the conversation over which the family reconnects.*
* Can I write that any more awkwardly?