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Dan Bartlett, Counselor to the President, took questions today on his announced departure from the White House. An excerpt from the questioning:

Q Tell us what your hours have been like. When do you come in? When do you leave? And then you get caught up in things over the weekend, don’t you?
MR. BARTLETT: Yes, it’s — I usually get to the office between 6:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Since I’ve had my kids, I’ve tried to leave the office before 8:00 p.m., and I try to at least see my — see the kids at least once or twice a week before they go to bed.
But what most people will tell you here, it’s not as much the actual hours you’re in the office. It’s more about, you’re never be able to turn it off, whether it’s the BlackBerry calling, or the matching of stories, or the — when certain newspapers put their Sunday edition up at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoons, and there goes your evening. It is working with the duty officers and those things. All those things kind of come with it, but more importantly than any of that is you’re never able to turn it off. There’s never — as I said, when you travel for vacation, it’s — you bring your work in tow.
And my wife was commenting the other day that she — that she said, I’m probably one of the few people in America who wakes up to the tapping of a BlackBerry in bed where I’m trying — I’m already responding to things as I literally have not even put my feet on the floor.
Q Romantic, no?
MR. BARTLETT: Yes. It’s —
Q I’m surprised you had —
MR. BARTLETT: Yes, yes, yes. Thanks, Bill. (Laughter.)

The last question is in reference to Dan’s 3 kids.

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