It’s troubling that there are former US presidents just... chilling on Earth still. They get access to the nuclear codes and then are expected to relax, have someone write their book, and move to California to pick up pottery. All very concerning.
The Former Presidents Act, enacted in 1958, gives them a decent pension and lifetime Secret Service protection, among other things. Presumably, the ghost of George Washington appears to them and behooves them to not go insane and start an Illuminati conspiracy theory website. They comply.
At the end of every president’s term, people start to guess what they will do when the US government resets the White House’s WiFi password on Inauguration Day. Speculation about what Barack Obama will do is ramping up. USA Today thinks he’ll go back to community organizing. He’s mentioned continuing to work with youth groups. He’s also hinted at becoming a venture capitalist. But we have a very modest proposal for Barack: keep being president. Here are some unlikely but well-intentioned suggestions.
Tweet. @POTUS will go to Trump (I guess?). But keep tweeting, Barack. And tweet about Trump. I’m sorry to do this to you.
Go back to community organizing, but make it country organizing. The Bernie Sanders movement reignited a passion for local grassroots efforts in America. If Obama so much as planted a tree or marched in a community board protest against bike lanes, he’d drive discussion about that topic more than any former president before him. Though Obama has expressed that he wants to get out of the way and allow for a full presidential transition, it’s still within his rights to show up.
Paint, like George W. Bush. Obama’s paintings would be next-level. He should drive national discourse with his brushstrokes.
Do nothing. Actually, never mind.
Okay, so, how about you make an app?. So, the app is called Notes From Barack. And it’s just an app where you write thoughts about politics, Kanye, the latest episode of Westworld, all while offering exclusive livestream content of your family doing random stuff, like — just spitballing here — protesting Trump’s Supreme Court picks. It’ll be like you’re still the first family.
We’re so fucked.