Ex-N.Y. Times editor carries Obama doll in purse as therapy

Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson

A former New York Times executive editor has a secret some might consider bizarre or even a bit creepy: She keeps a plastic Barack Obama doll in her purse as therapy to get her through the Trump presidency.

Jill Abramson, a 63-year-old Harvard-educated journalist, made the admission in a March 7 opinion piece for the London Guardian headlined “Are we seeing signs of a Democratic wave in the primaries?”

“It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C., and despair,” wrote Abramson, who was the executive editor at the Times from 2011 to 2014. “That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where


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