What is President Obama looking at doing after he quits the White House? Some presidents jump out of airplanes, others build their library, some paint, and former President Jimmy Carter builds houses and monitors elections around the world. But here is a hint at what our current president may have in mind for his future.
After all, President Obama really has just a few months left to finish up his legacy. The era of the “lame duck” president is over. President Obama has seven big things on his plate to finish up before he leaves office. They are:
- Close Guantanamo
- Get the TPP through Congress
- Follow through on an international climate change deal
- Find some sort of political agreement in Syria
- Implement the Iran nuclear deal
- Sign a criminal justice reform bill into law
- Win a court case over his immigration actions
But, what is he going to do then? We know that the Obamas have rented an 8,200 square-foot mansion in Washington, D.C. Daughter Malia is taking a gap year before she goes to college, and daughter Sasha will finish high school in 2018.
After the fast paced job of being the leader of the world and pushing against an unmovable Republican wall of obstructionism, maybe he will feel like going to a remote golf course, not one of Trump’s, and playing for a few months. But once he has had a couple of nights of uninterrupted sleep, he is probably going to get antsy.
His books continue bringing in six figures, but he hasn’t written much recently, except for an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Now WIRED offered POTUS the opportunity to be the guest editor or November issue, according to the New Century Times. They even gave him a theme: Frontiers.
— WIRED (@WIRED) August 30, 2016
‘Like WIRED, our 44th president is a relentless optimist. For this completely bespoke issue, he wants to focus on the future — on the next hurdles that humanity will need to overcome to move forward.
‘These will include personal frontiers, from precision medicine to human
performance; local frontiers, including using data in urban planning and making sure renewable energy works for everyone; national frontiers, from civil rights to medical data; international frontiers, like climate change and cybersecurity; and final frontiers, including space travel and Artificial Intelligence.’
Editor-in-Chief Scott Dadich explained:
‘When the Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they were at the bleeding edge of Enlightenment philosophy and technology. Franklin was talking about crazy stuff like electricity and communications networks.
‘Paine gave up the copyright to Common Sense so it could get wider publication. Jefferson was radically rethinking design and land use. We want to wrestle with the idea of how today’s technology can influence political leadership. And who better to help us explore these ideas than President Obama?’
Since the president accepted, maybe he will take it on as a full-time gig. After all, he blew the country away when he used the latest technology to manage his race for president in 2008. So WIRED is a perfect fit.
He is retiring at the relatively young age of 55, so he could have decade after decade of serial jobs.