On Air Force One, weighing in at around 270 pounds, interviewing a newly minted President George W. Bush.
"I mean, I knew I was big," said Bruni. "I was marching to the Gap store to trade my size 40 chinos for size 42 chinos. I was doing that, but on another level, because you have to get up the next day and keep going forward and not be capsized by it, you tell yourself, 'well, maybe my face doesn't look that heavy. Maybe it doesn't show as much as the size 42 pants suggest it does.' You tell yourself a bunch of interesting lies to get from one day to the next."
(Courtesy Frank Bruni)