Michael Lewis Was Granted ‘Extensive’ Access to President Obama for an Article

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama stands after addressing the nation on TV from the East Room of the White House to make a televised statement May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Bin Laden has been killed near Islamabad, Pakistan almost a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and his body is in possession of the United States. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Barack Obama; Photo: Pool

A spokesperson for Vanity Fair confirmed that Lewis, the author of Moneyball and The Big Short, conducted "a series" of interviews with Obama as part of a piece "about leadership" to be published in the magazine's October issue. Neither the magazine nor the White House would comment on what the two spoke about, but the mere existence of the conversations is in itself pretty notable, given Obama's general reluctance to agree to long sit-downs with journalists.