Ask a man on the street what President Obama’s first job was and you’ll probably get this answer: community organizer.
When Obama graduated from Columbia University in New York, he took a job with Business International Corporation (BIC), a publishing and consulting company that helped American companies working abroad. A recent GQ article about Obama said the president held that job for two years before moving to Chicago to become a community organizer.
“At 22, Obama graduates college and enters the real world,” Robert Draper wrote for GQ. “The first job he lands, in 1983, is not the one of legend, the formative yes-we-can mission of community organizing. Rather, it’s a gig editing and writing business publications. His supervisor figures him for a frustrated novelist.”
During his tenure with BIC, Obama edited Financing Foreign Operations, a global reference service, and wrote for Business International Money Report, a weekly financial newsletter, according to Wikipedia.
So, take comfort newsletter editors, the president understands your toils and hardships—even though he rarely (if ever) mentions this job.