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Obama Abroad

Sleepless in Strasbourg

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Jet lag, a jammed schedule, the eyes of the world upon you -- it's a perfect recipe for disrupted biorhythms. Just ask White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who confessed to a combination of exhaustion and insomnia during the press gaggle aboard Air Force One en route to Strasbourg, France. From the White House transcript:

Q How are you, Robert?
MR. GIBBS: Tired. How are you?
Q About the same.
MR. GIBBS: If I could figure out how to get more than about three hours of sleep I'd be set.
Q Are you having trouble sleeping or you just don't have time?
MR. GIBBS: A little bit of both, but it's as much -- it's as much just your sort of clock gets all off.
Q The press corps takes Ambien for that.
MR. GIBBS: It's one of those things where I could probably sleep for a little bit -- I could sleep probably better at some point during the day than I can at some point during the night, so it's sort of a little maddening. But it's all good. How are you guys?
Q Good.
MR. GIBBS: Fire away.

Posted at 10:57 AM ET on Apr 3, 2009  | Category:  Obama Abroad
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