The New York Post has reported that the Obamas have bought a home in Rancho Mirage, California. The home is fairly close to Sunnylands, the former Annenberg estate which presidents often use as a getaway and is sometimes thought of as the West Coast’s version of Camp David.
In addition to being the home of late President Gerald Ford, Rancho Mirage is also a top destination for golfers which is one of President Obama’s favorite hobbies. A local newspaper, the Desert Sun, has been reporting rumors about the sale for months, but now it’s official.
The Obamas probably won’t be moving in anytime soon. The first family is planning on staying in D.C. while their youngest daughter Sasha finishes high school at Sidwell Friends.
In addition to the Rancho Mirage home, the Obamas have bought a home in President Obama’s home state of Hawaii.
No matter where the Obamas end up, they will be one of the most popular first families in recent history. According to a recent poll, President Obama’s approval ratings are at 55 percent. The outgoing president saw a bit of a jump in the polls as the general election drew closer. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both had historically low approval ratings and Trump’s victory has done little to help his. It’s possible many Americans who may not have liked everything President Obama did have decided he wasn’t so bad after all.
As popular as President Obama is, he remains a distant second to the always-popular first lady. Michelle Obama has a 64 percent approval rating. It isn’t as high as some previous first ladies, but at the time of the poll, she was polling higher than either of her potential successors.
As for what President Obama will be doing once he leaves office, he has said he would like to return to community organizing and helping people.
‘I’ll go back to doing the kinds of work that I was doing before, just trying to find ways to help people,’ he said last year. ‘Help young people get educations, and help people get jobs, and try to bring businesses into neighborhoods that don’t have enough businesses. That’s the kind of work that I really love to do.’
In terms of his successor’s agenda, he has said he wants to extend Trump the same courtesy that George W. Bush gave to him. However, he did note that there would be limits to his silence.
‘As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle or go to core questions about our values and ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, I’ll examine it when it comes.’
As for the first lady, President Obama has made it crystal clear that his wife has no interest in pursuing elected office.
‘She will never run for office,’ said President Obama. ‘She is as talented and brilliant a person as there is and I could not be prouder of her, but Michelle does not have the patience or the inclination to actually be a candidate herself. That’s one thing y’all can take to the bank.’
Regardless of what the Obamas do or where they live, we wish them the best in all their future endeavors.
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