Around the Presidential Inauguration John Boswell called me up with his idea about an Obama paper-doll book. I was thrilled. I remembered the wonderful cut-out books of "The Ronald and Nancy Reagan" and "Prince Charles and Princess Diana" that he had produced. My wife Susann Ferris Jones, has worked with John on other book projects. She used to work as a fabric designer. When I first drew Barack and Michelle their arms were down at their sides. John noticed that when Barack would articulate a point, he would gesture with his thumb and forefinger in the air. One of the spreads, A Day of Work, shows Barack holding his ubiquitous Blackberry in the same hand.