Obama Era | Can an ex-president be happy? | Reacting to Trump in cartoons | “I’m Prejudiced”


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.


With a mix of angry humor, barbed irony, and total disbelief, political cartoonists around the world are sharpening their pencils to illustrate something that can’t be explained in words:

Source: This is how the world’s best cartoonists are reacting to Trump’s victory | Fusion



‘I’m Prejudiced,’ He Said. Then We Kept Talking.

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.


2 thoughts on “Obama Era | Can an ex-president be happy? | Reacting to Trump in cartoons | “I’m Prejudiced”

  1. Jay January 23, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I think it’ll be interesting to find out who Obama, private citizen, turns out to be. I hope we continue to see a lot from the Obamas.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lara/Trace January 23, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Me, too, Jay. Michelle did say they are working on projects already. We shall see what happens.


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