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Old January 25th, 2017, 03:32 AM   #1
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Life after the Presidency--the Exclusive Club

Barack Obama has joined a very exclusive club--one with only five members.

There was a very interesting interview on PBS News Hour last night about the life of our ex-presidents ater leaving office. Historian, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, profiles a few of our presidents--Carter, Clinton, Bush, Jr. and Obama. Very interesting stuff.

Here's what she says about Barack Obama:

BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY: This election really muddied the waters.

There was a sense that the world was Barack Obama’s oyster. He could do anything he wanted. He could work on gun control or race relations or criminal justice reform, climate change. He could own a basketball team. He could teach law. He could do anything he wanted.

The day after the election, we realized that his opportunities were circumscribed, at least at the beginning, because there’s a Republican president and Congress who is actually actively seeking to undo some of his greatest achievements.

And what’s really interesting about this time is, this election actually gave him a new, unexpected purpose, because the Clintons are no longer really the head of the Democratic Party. He’s the senior statesman in the Democratic Party. He knows that he needs to begin to work on developing new talent, bringing the party along. And so he’s got this short-term purpose as well.
You know, Erik Erikson, the great psychologist, said, “You need three things for midlife. You need work, love and play.”

And he has — Obama will find meaningful work. And he has play. He bodysurfs and plays basketball and reads voraciously, and then love. He’s got a lot of friends, but he’s got his family. I mean, this was a man who spent his childhood kind of without a father.

And, in many ways, Obama defines himself more as a dad and a husband than he does as a president or an ex-president. So, kind of one of the — one of the things that people told me is that leaving the White House is not going to be difficult for him. What’s going to be really difficult is watching his children leave the nest.

The life of an ex-president after leaving office | PBS NewsHour
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Old January 25th, 2017, 06:28 AM   #2
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Obama has the chance to make hundreds of millions of dollars like the Clintons have, through speeches and whatever else legal the Clintons did. Have a foundation, be on corporate boards, selling influence. This is the time where the cash register really opens for him. Obama is what, 55? This can be a cash cow for the next twenty plus years.

Obama and his family are set for life. The down side for them perhaps is that they will never be "normal". Obama can't just be able to walk into Walmart or a shopping mall just to look around, or get a fast food hamburger, or get drunk at Hooters watching the ball game. Someone will have to guard them the rest of their lives. Not to mention many people who want to see him dead, literally. Flip side of fame.
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