When President Obama became Barack Obama, private citizen, at 12:01 p.m. on Jan. 20, he also lost the home he’d lived in for the last eight years.
The president and first lady, though, have a home in Chicago, their “hometown.” But they sure weren’t going back to the murder capital of the world. Plus, Obama has no intention of doing what his classy predecessor did by keeping his big yapper shut after leaving office.
No, the Obamas decided to stay right in Washington (the first modern president to do so). In fact, they moved only blocks away from the White House, making due with an 8,200-square-foot cabin in the posh Kalorama neighborhood — a steal at $5.3 million.
But now we know the real reason Obama is staying in town (and it isn’t that his daughter is finishing high school — you watch, after she’s done, he’ll stay longer). Obama is making his house two miles from the White House the headquarters for Operation Oust Trump.
“Obama’s goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment,” the Daily Mail reports.
Weirdly, Valerie Jarrett, his longtime friend on confidante who goes everywhere he goes, has moved into the house. She apparently can’t stand to live alone; she also resided in the White House when the Obamas lived there.
Obama himself has laid low since leaving office. He went kiteboarding with a billionaire for weeks, and bought two more houses — one in Palm Springs, the other in Hawaii. He been offered $60 million for a pair of books from him and Michelle, so he’ll soon be richer than rich.
His longtime friend former Attorney General Eric Holder says Obama is about to return to the public eye. “It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder told reporters this week. “And he’s ready to roll.”
The Democrats are without a leader right now. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the most vocal of the expected 2020 candidates, but when it came time to pick a speaker to rebut Trump’s prime-time speech this week, party leaders chose a 76-year-old former governor from Kentucky.
Hard as this is to believe, it’s Obama’s enormous ego that’s bringing him back.
“No longer the most powerful man in the world, he was just observing Trump and not liking what he saw,” a source told The Mail. “He was weary and burned out after eight years in office. But Valerie convinced him that he didn’t have any choice if he wanted to save his legacy. And, as usual, he bowed to Valerie’s political wisdom and advice.”
“Obama is dismayed at the way Trump is tearing down his legacy—ObamaCare, the social safety net and the welcome mat for refugees he put in place,” the source continued.
So, it looks like Obama will be living in Washington for a while — the next eight years, likely.