Poker face

On Monday, as the international community was absorbing the news that the planet’s most-wanted terrorist had just been terminated with extreme prejudice, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to explain Obama’s uncanny, one might say eerie, ability to green-light the most momentous mission of his presidency while touring tornado devastation in Alabama, traveling to Cape Canaveral for an abortive space shuttle launch, delivering a commencement speech at Miami Dade College, skewering Donald Trump at the correspondents’ dinner and playing a friendly golf game with aides. “Compartmentalization,” Carney summed up…

Scully went on: “I was talking with the president at cocktails and I said, ‘I hear you’re going to have a video.’ And he said, ‘Oh you heard about it.’ And I said, ‘Do you want to give me a sneak preview?’ And he said, ‘You’re just going to have to wait and see.’ ” Hilariously enough, the president showed the Lion King clip in which Simba is born—a video record, he joked, of his much-disputed birth. Laughter all around. But it turned out that Obama had a genuine shocker up his sleeve. “In hindsight,” Scully said, “I remember that twice he left the head table, apparently to make phone calls—which was unusual.”