Barack Obama On Unplugging, Recharging, And How To Quit Smoking

The newest issue of Men's Health has what is sure to be an illuminating exclusive interview with Barack Obama. Since the issue isn't on newsstands until October 21, they were kind enough to share some of his choice quotes with us.

It turns out Obama has his own way to Unplug and Recharge...

On Unplugging:

"Eliminating TV has been helpful-- I'm still a sucker for Sports Center...The most difficult thing is to carve out time to think, which is probably the most important time for somebody who's trying to shift an organization, or in this case, the country, as opposed to doing the same things that have been done before. And I find that time slips away."

On Recharging:

"My blood pressure is pretty low, and I tend to be a healthy eater. So I probably could get away with cutting [my workouts] back a little bit. The main reason I do it is just to clear my head and relieve me of stress. It's a great way to stay focused."

On making time for his family:

"I don't miss the important things. I haven't missed a dance recital. I haven't missed a parent-teacher conference. But there are some things I do miss, and those are some of the tradeoffs you make.

"But, look, there's no question there are sacrifices involved here. I'd like to say that quality time replaces quantity, but sometimes it doesn't. You know, a lot of the best moments of family life happen spontaneously. If you have less time to devote to them, there are fewer of those moments."

On how to quit smoking:

"Eliminate certain key connections--that first cigarette in the morning, or after a meal, or with a drink. If you can eliminate those triggers, that should help."

And on meeting expectations:

I always try to make sure that my expectations are higher than those of the people around me...I never want people to feel as if I've overpromised to them. I try to explain in a real honest way how difficult some of the changes I'm talking about will be. But I never want the effect to be that I'm not working as hard as I can on their behalf...that I'm not continually trying to improve. I'm actually glad for the high expectations."