U.S. President, Barack Obama just made it clear he will not “vanish” from the spotlight after his presidency. His predecessor George W. Bush avoided getting involved in national discourse and particularly made it a point of duty not to criticise his successor. Bush said he understood the job of a president is difficult. But in an interview with Trevor Noah at the White House, Obama said he will be vocal after his presidency on pressing national issues. He will be succeeded by the most controversial President in modern time, who had made lots of incendiary remarks.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that Obama has chosen to be vocal after his presidency. He told Noah he will speak up if he thinks “core values of ours are being threatened.” Obama said he won’t keep quiet if Trump administration sets up a Muslim Registry. He described such move as the violation of “the constitution” and “who we are” and added it will only help groups like ISIL “to recruit and radicalise homegrown terrorists”. He also identified deportation of DREAM Act Kids as another issue that will get him talking. A group he referred to as “Americans” for “all intents and purposes”.
Life after the White House for him, will not be all about criticising the Trump administration. Obama has disclosed he will devote more time to writing. He is a prolific writer and has authored two books; Dreams From My Father and Audacity of Hope before winning the White House. When he’s not writing he said he will be speaking. Obama didn’t explain if those will be paid speeches but your guess is as good as mine.
Obama joked at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this year, that he will take over from Hillary Clinton and amass money on paid speeches. Then he thought Clinton would succeed him as president but that’s not the case right now. They may end up competing against each other for big speeches.