Carol Platt Liebau was the first female editor of Harvard Law Review, and worked under Obama at HLR. She described her experience with Obama as follows.
“A lot of the time he quote/unquote “worked from home”, which was sort of a shorthand – and people would say it sort of wryly – shorthand for not really doing much.
“He just wasn’t around. Most of the day to day work was carried out by the managing editor of the Review, my predecessor, Tom Pirelli .
“Pirelli’s the one who did most of the day to day work. Barack Obama was nowhere to be seen. Occasionally he would drop in he would talk to people, and then he’d leave again as though his very arrival had been a benediction in and of itself, but not very much got done.”
Not much has changed.