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Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that those in leadership roles must recognize that the people they are supposed to be serving “are not abstractions.” (Dec. 26)
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“I wake up later,” said former president Barack Obama of what’s different about his mornings now.

“It’s wonderful to be able to control your day in a way that you just can’t as president.”

Obama was speaking to Britain’s Prince Harry during the Invictus Games in Toronto in September for BBC Radio 4’s Today program, which Harry guest-edited. The interview aired Wednesday.

When asked if he felt relief after finishing what’s arguably the world’s toughest job, Obama said: “Relief probably isn’t the right phrase because relief indicates that I can’t wait until this thing is finished. But I think that there was a sense that we had run a good race.”

“But the things that are important to me haven’t changed,” he added. “I still care about making sure that the United States and the world is a place where kids get a decent education, where people who are willing to work hard are able to find a job that pays a living wage.”

“Although I don’t have the same tools that I had as president, I have to rely more on persuasion than legislation … a lot of the things that still motivate and move me continue to this day. “

Obama told Harry there are some things he misses about the job.

“I miss my team. Everything you do every day you know can affect millions and billions of people in some cases and to have really smart, focused people who are there for the right reasons and who over time have built up trust and have learned to support each other, rely on each other, I miss…