Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen,
the Alt-President of the United States

Barack Obama, out of the Oval Office for all of 111 days, has been refreshingly conspicuous in his absence from the White House. With some high-profile vacation stops — and some equally high-profile statements on pivotal matters, foreign and domestic — the former 44th president has undertaken to tweak the rules of ex-presidential decorum, and to stake out new rhetorical territory for a beloved leader on the world stage. You don’t have to be in the White House to speak truth to power ... and look pretty damn good doing it.

Since leaving the White House, the former chief executive of the United States has been making all the right visible moves, with his partner in all things, former first lady Michelle, right at his side.

Having lunch in Manhattan with U2 frontman Bono. Golfing in Hawaii, missing putts with the best of ‘em. Huddling with the chieftains of Silicon Valley. Breaking bread with Warren Buffett in Omaha. Chillin’ with Richard Branson on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. Getting some sun on Tetiaroa, Marlon Brando’s old haunt in French Polynesia.

But it hasn’t all been kite-surfing, cargo shorts, and baseball caps worn backwards. ...

Read the rest at The Swamp

Image credits: Former President Obama: James Devaney/Getty Images. The Swamp logo: © 2017 Jerrick Ventures LLC.

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