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WASHINGTON--President Obama, who often plays golf on weekends doesn't love the links--it's just one of the only ways for him to get outside and still remain in his security bubble.

That's what Obama told Hearst Magazine editors during a Saturday session. Obama has in past interviews talked about how he missed the simple pleasure of life, such as riding a bike along Chicago's lakefront. Mrs. Obama has said she misses shopping at the Target on Roosevelt Road.

From the Hearst interview, as published on Hearst's Houston Chronicle website:

From the Hearst story, which helps explain why Obama gave the interview: "Hearst Magazines publishes periodicals including Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Redbook, Esquire and Cosmopolitan, among others."

On the loss of privacy:

"I just miss -- I miss being anonymous. ... "I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can't take a walk."

Not a golf fanatic:

"It's the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch," he told the Hearst executives.

His dream:
"I just want to go through Central Park (in New York) and watch folks passing by...Spend the whole day watching people. I miss that."

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