The messages arrive late, frequently after 1 a.m., tapped out on a safe BlackBerry from an email address known just to a couple. The exhausted beneficiaries realize that at the end of the day, the manager has not yet gone to bed. The late-night intrusions from President Obama may be strongly worded questions about reminders he has perused. In some cases they are insults in light of the fact that the beneficiary's games group simply lost.
A month ago it was a 12:30 a.m. email to Benjamin J. Rhodes, the delegate national security consultant, and Denis R. McDonough, the White House head of staff, letting them know he had wrapped up a speech specialist's draft of presidential comments for later that morning. Mr. Obama had burned through three hours scribbling in longhand on a yellow legitimate cushion an irate judgment of Donald J. Trump's reaction to the assault in Orlando, Fla., and told his associates they could get his rework at the White House usher's office when they came in for work.