Barack Obama Prepares for Life After Presidency

Max Soto, Staff Writer

Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States on November 9.

Trump gained 290 electoral votes compared to Hillary Clintons 232 which put him past the 270 mark needed to declare him the winner.

However, questions remain about the importance of the popular vote because, according to ABC news, Hillary Clinton has passed Donald Trump by 1.5 million votes

The outcome was a shocker to many political pundits who thought Clinton would win easily. Trump managed to grab Florida and Pennsylvania, two key battleground states and flipped Michigan and Wisconsin, states that usually lean democratic.

The day after the election, President Obama spoke at the White House to help calm the fears of many Americans. According to the White House website, he said, “Now everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country. That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night. That’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I was heartened by that.”

For many, the words were not reassuring enough, as after the election and throughout the week, many protests were held across the country to show disapproval of the outcome and Trump’s rhetoric during his campaign.

As President-Elect Trump deals with protesters and transitioning into the White House, Obama will start planning for his life after presidency.

President Obama will officially leave the House on January 20, 2017 at noon.

Presidential Pardons have been common in the final days of his career, as former president George Bush pardoned 33 people weeks after the 2008 election was decided, and Bill Clinton pardoned 140 people on his very last day in office.

President Obama will have time to take a look at a list of people who have applied to the office of the pardon attorney for executive clemency.

According to USA Today, Obama will not pardon anyone who has not registered.

Obama has also been making his last foreign trips before he leaves as he made visits to Greece, Germany and Peru and talked to their leaders about the future of America.

He will have to let the leaders know that everything will be fine and that President-Elect Trump will be prepared to lead the country and keep the treaties and alliances already in place.

His words were a big pivot from what he has said earlier about President-Elect Trump, calling him unprepared and saying he lacks basic knowledge about Asia and Europe.

After Donald Trump’s inauguration the Obama family will stay in DC and move into the neighborhood of Kalorama and rent a nine bedroom, 8,200-square-foot home.

They will be the first family since 1921 to remain in DC after their presidential term.

The move may not be that surprising as his 15-year-old daughter Sasha still attends Sidwell Friends School in Washington and his oldest daughter Malia will be attending Harvard in the fall of 2017 after taking a gap year.

The first lady, Michelle Obama will be most likely be continuing her charitable work after she leaves and could possibly write a memoir like other every other first lady since Lady Bird Johnson has done (excluding Pat Nixon).

President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)