Back in March, Obama spoke in a 35-minute interview aboard Air Force One as he traveled from Columbus, Ohio to Andrews Air Force Base. This is part of the edited transcript, as recorded by The New York Times.
Q: Sir, we’re landing here, but what are you reading these days? What kind of newspapers do you read, do you read the clips, do you read actual papers, do you watch television?
A: Other than The New York Times?
Q: Other than The New York Times. Do you read Web sites? What Web sites do you look at?
A: I read most of the big national papers.
Q. Do you read them in clips or do you read them in the paper?
A. No, I read the paper. I like the feel of a newspaper. I read most of the weekly newsmagazines. I may not read them from cover to cover but I’ll thumb through them. You know, I spend most of my time these days reading a lot of briefings.
Q: And television? Do you watch? Web sites?
A: I don’t watch much television, I confess.
Q: And Web sites?
Q: No blogs?
A: I rarely read blogs.
Q: No reality shows with your girls?
A: No. They watch them, but I don’t join them. I watch basketball. That’s what I watch.