"There's somebody who has got something to say to the president, that's part of the job. And I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say.
"But I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life ... I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy. And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live and will do so.''
Unlike a whole lot of soldiers since the war began, of course, not to mention Iraqis, not to mention people who worked in the WTC.
This goes a long way toward explaining why he ignored that briefing that was labelled "Bin Laden determined to strike in the U.S." So if you're planning a major terrorist attack, it's good to know August is a prime month, isn't it? The president's off the clock.
As Jon Stewart said, "I gotta run for president. I need the rest."