Magazine February 6, 2017, Issue

Farewell, Obama?

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He isn’t going anywhere

Let’s start by facing facts: Barack Obama isn’t going anywhere.

When George W. Bush left the White House, someone asked him what he was going to do all day now that he was no longer president. He shrugged and said, “Play with my dogs.”

He might not have said those exact words — let’s call it a myth — but that’s pretty much what he did after eight tumultuous years in the hot seat. And I’m not sure whether anyone asked the same question of Bill Clinton as he was headed out the door, but they probably didn’t need to. We all

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