Jodi Kantor is a Washington correspondent at the New York Times. She was also Arts & Leisure editor of the newspaper, New York editor at Slate, and one of Crain's "40 Under 40" rising stars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to Michelle's fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible.