The View from the White House

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

TIME columnist and editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria had a hidden agenda when he sat down with President Barack Obama this week. His 8-year-old daughter Lila was doing a class report on the presidency. "So," the President said with a laugh, "is this interview just a way to help with Lila's homework?" Obama was sipping tea with lemon and honey and mentioned his own daughter Sasha to say he thought he had gotten a sore throat from her. "I'm not a hypochondriac," Obama said, but he did have his throat checked by a doctor. Nothing to be done, the doctor said; hence the...

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