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Obama Writes Father's Day Article: Request Sparked 'Parade' Deadline Change

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Obama Writes Father's Day Article: Request Sparked 'Parade' Deadline Change

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Parade's Father's Day issue, which includes President Barack Obama's third appearance as a writer for the magazine, was not originally planned that way.

Editors had initially had a story about Bob Woodruff written by his wife, Lee, for the June 21 cover. But when Obama's office called less than a week before deadline asking if he could write for Father's Day, Editor Janice Kaplan says they couldn't say no.

"It came out of David Axelrod's office," Kaplan recalled. She said the magazine closes each issue two and-a-half weeks before it is distributed. That meant the June 21 issue had a deadline of Wed., June 3.

Kaplan said the president's request came in six days before, on Thurs., May 28. She told his office that the piece had to be in within two days. "We said we would need the story by Saturday," she said, adding that he made the deadline. "It wasn't a panic once we knew and we had the story ready to go."

Two weeks before his inauguration, Obama wrote a letter to his daughters, Malia and Sasha, in the magazine, while both he and fellow candidate John McCain wrote about patriotism in July 2008. …

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