First drafts of a history
Source: The Obama Era – The Atlantic
Barbara Bradley Hagerty asks: Can an ex-president be happy?
For most of our history, ex-presidents who were not independently wealthy had to work—not until 1958 did Congress pass a law granting them a pension. George Washington became the country’s largest whiskey producer. John Quincy Adams won a seat in the House of Representatives and fought slavery. And William Howard Taft … Nine years after he left office, he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court, a position that the presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says gave him “probably the happiest decade of his life.”
At 55, Obama will be one of the youngest ex-presidents, and—despite the defeat of his intended successor, Hillary Clinton—a popular one. He is in good health and could easily live for another four decades, which is a long time to be ex-anything.
What can he learn from Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, who likewise walked out of the White House as vigorous middle-aged men?
Keep reading here, as Hagerty explores what might be next for Obama.
An unexpected call on C-SPAN opens up the conversation between a white man from North Carolina and a black media leader. The video went viral, surpassing eight million views. After all that has happened in the news, this was a refreshing exchange.