• Neon Tommy

What is it like to be the most powerful person in the world, but only the third most powerful person in your marriage?

This may have been President Obama’s predicament last year, until he and Rahm Emanuel split up.

In The Obamas, to be published tomorrow, author Jodi Kantor notes that the chief of staff to a president rarely has “an easy relationship with the first lady.” They are “the president’s two spouses, in a sense, one public and official and one private and informal.”

Married to Michelle and Rahm: maybe it’s not the economy that has aged the president.