Saying Obama’s not like other Presidents may be the understatement of the century. Have you ever seen another Commander in Chief play basketball with Secret Service, or drop the mic on late night TV?
Well Barry doesn’t plan on being a normal ex-Prez, either. In a wide-ranging interview for Vanity Fair, Obama claimed he intends to be more outspoken regarding activism once he’s abdicated the throne.
The interview was handled by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and they touched on all manner of epicness, ranging from Abraham Lincoln to the pyramids of Egypt. But the quote that’s making headlines surrounds Obama’s plans once he leaves the White House next year:
“[There are] things that in some ways I suspect I’m able to do better out of this office.
“There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a president of the United States to carry out," he elaborated, "but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about.”
Many are assuming this means that, once the shackles of political correctness come off, Obama intends to take a much firmer stance on topics that he currently has to shut up about.
Most ex-Presidents spend their years after office playing golf and attending charity events (or robbing banks – Point Break, anyone?), so for a sitting President to openly declare he intends to stay in the spotlight is a serious departure. But as we know, Obama’s a different animal.
Firstly, he’s only 55, which is very young for a soon-to-be former Commander in Chief. What’s more, his popularity with the public is higher than it’s ever been – an odd feat to accomplish on your way out the door, although it certainly helps that his potential replacements are both, generally speaking, hated with the fire of a thousand suns.
That combo of youth and popularity could be a force in the years to come. Who knows what Barry’s got up his sleeve?