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December 02, 2009

What do your humble HR Strange but True editors have in common with Barack Obama, president of the United States?

Yes, the leader of the free world started out his working career in 1983 after graduating from Columbia University not as a community organizer, as everyone assumes, but as a business newsletter editor in New York City, according to an article in GQ, which calls him the first author in the White House since Teddy Roosevelt.

Obama spent 2 years editing and writing business publications for Business International Corporation, a publishing company concentrating on employees working abroad. According to Wikipedia, and quoted in the PRJunkie blog of Chicago-based Ragan Communications, the future president worked on the publications Financing Foreign Operations, a reference service, and Business International Money Report, a weekly financial newsletter.

However, something told his supervisor that being an editor wasn't what Obama wanted to do, so he assumed he was a frustrated novelist, according to the article. The SBT editors agree that most editors do have a book lurking in their brains; one of us actually worked for a company where Joseph Heller had a day job editing while writing Catch 22 in his spare time.

So as PRJunkie says, it's nice for us to realize that the man in the Oval Office “understand our trials and tribulations, though he rarely (if ever) mentions the job.

Sources: GQ and PRJunkie

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