Barack Obama: We Say Goodbye and He Says Hello

 

Even though it appears more and more likely that Mitt Romney will carry the day next Tuesday, that doesn’t mean we will have seen the last of Barack Obama. There is something in the genetic makeup of modern Democratic presidents that seems to render them incapable of fading into history in a gentlemanly way.

Think about Jimmy Carter, who has managed the seemingly impossible task of becoming worse at being an ex-president that he was at being a president. Or take Bill Clinton…please. Then compare them to Gerald Ford or either of the Bushes. Ronald Reagan faded from view for other reasons, of course, but I can’t imagine his spouting off from his Century City office even had he been able to (His last message to the American people remains one of the most beautiful and touching documents ever written).

And, now, think about this: our current president is just 51 years old! That could mean at least another quarter century of appearances on The View and MTV and The Daily Show. Will he get his own program on MSNBC? Will he become a judge on The Voice? He’s likely to stay away from serious television, just as he does now, so the options are limited. A sitcom? A reality series? The next host of Wheel? So, dear readers, do you have any specific ideas as to how our soon-to-be ex-president might be able to fill his post-White House years? And be nice. 

Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s growing community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Members have made 91 comments.

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  1. Profile photo of Melanie Graham Contributor

    I think he should be a contestant on Survivor. And when he watches his team mates build their lean-to to get out of the the tropical storms and locust swarms, he can say to them, “you didn’t build that.” I just hope he doesn’t rig the voting when he is cast off the island.

    • #1
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:24 am
  2. Profile photo of Mark Wilson Member

    He could host an MTV reality show about the lavish lives of small business owners, who take advantage of all that stuff they “didn’t build” that “the rest of us paid for” in order to make “record profits”.

    • #2
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am
  3. Profile photo of Troy Senik Editor

    Well, I guess Celebrity Apprentice is off the table.

    • #3
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am
  4. Profile photo of Limestone Cowboy Member

    A presidential election will be held in Kenya on 4 March 2013.

    • #4
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:26 am
  5. Profile photo of Ignatius J. Reilly Inactive

    Countries in the Westminster system often have politicians fall from the majority to the opposition, only to challenge again for the head of government.

    Australia has recently seen former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd fall from the leadership of the Labor Party, only to mount a challenge within the Labor Party to unseat current Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

    He’s not serious enough to use that Harvard JD as a judge (or God forbid, a Justice) but he will definitely run again.

    • #5
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:26 am
  6. Profile photo of Melanie Graham Contributor

    They could also bring back “Queen for a Day.” 

    • #6
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:29 am
  7. Profile photo of DocJay Member

    Let us examine who he is. First and always he is a malignant narcissist. He is also actually quite lazy unless he is very interested in the topic. In addition, he is not as smart as people make him out to be so he stays in comfort zones.

    This leaves writing books with outside help and expensive lectures paid for by the faithful. He will do nothing challenging, risky, tedious, or time consuming. 

    • #7
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:30 am
  8. Profile photo of Boymoose Inactive

    Im not sure but the accordian will be involved. In other words the president of Harvard.

    • #8
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:31 am
  9. Profile photo of Pat Sajak Contributor
    Pat Sajak Post author
    DocJay: He will do nothing challenging, risky, tedious, or time consuming. · 0 minutes ago

    So it’s a game show host then?

    • #9
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:32 am
  10. Profile photo of KayBee Inactive
    Limestone Cowboy: A presidential election will be held in Kenya on 4 March 2013. · 4 minutes ago

    Actually, my husband and I were joking about this shortly after we saw the “2016” documentary. It will come out after the election that he really was born in Kenya and is technically a Kenyan citizen. So off he goes to Kenya to run for president! History-maker, indeed!

    • #10
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:33 am
  11. Profile photo of Matt Blankenship Member

    He’ll return to his native Kenya [:)], where he’ll be eligible to serve as UN Secretary General.

    • #11
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:34 am
  12. Profile photo of Devereaux Inactive

    Actually, Mr Sajak, I cannot think of anything and remain within your request to “be nice”.

    • #12
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:35 am
  13. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    Senior Golf Tour for a few months. After learning some true humility, he’ll slink back to Hawaii.

    • #13
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:35 am
  14. Profile photo of John Hanson Thatcher

    After he loses he will continue his perpetual campaign with the goal of becomming president again in 2016, so he can complete the transformation of America into a leftist tyranny.

    • #14
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:36 am
  15. Profile photo of Ray Kremer Inactive

    They’ll probably make him President for life of the U.N./King of the world.

    • #15
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:37 am
  16. Profile photo of Sister Inactive

    The next host of Wheel? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    • #16
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:38 am
  17. Profile photo of Hang On Member

    So, dear readers, do you have any specific ideas as to how our soon-to-be ex-president might be able to fill his post-White House years? And be nice.

    He should become a PGA member, become the community organizer for the senior golf tour. 

    ——–

    Tabula rasa beat me to it.

    • #17
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:40 am
  18. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    Back to the premise: that Democratic ex-presidents like the public eye, while Republicans are happy to slip into relative anonymity.

    Here’s my rough analysis based on absolutely no expertise: For the liberal/left, politics is everything, the center of life. For the right, it’s something you do for a while, then return to things that matter more, like family and clearing brush and riding horses.

    • #18
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:40 am
  19. Profile photo of Matt Bartle Member

    He could probably buy Current TV and run the Obama/Olbermann Report 24×7.

    • #19
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:40 am
  20. Profile photo of Barkha Herman Member

    The Europeans like him. Let’s send him to Europe. He could take is Hollywood entourage with him 🙂

    • #20
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:40 am
  21. Profile photo of Sister Inactive
    tabula rasa: Senior Golf Tour for a few months. After learning some true humility, he’ll slink back to Hawaii. · 3 minutes ago

    “learning some true humility” – the greatest thing we could wish/pray for anyone.

    • #21
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:41 am
  22. Profile photo of mattman Inactive

    If he went to MSNBC at least nobody would have to listen to him any more . Is it too much to hope, he’ll become a cameraman for “Dish Earth?”

    • #22
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:42 am
  23. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    Taking on Wheel of Fortune would be problematic.

    Player: Mr. President, can I have an ‘R?’

    Obama: If you’ll check the board next to the puzzle, you’ll see that ‘R’ has already been requested.

    Player: I know that it’s been requested, Mr. President. I was just checking to see if your story had changed.

    • #23
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:46 am
  24. Profile photo of Copperfield Member

    Good question. 

    In all seriousness, I’ve often thought he’d like to be U.N. Secretary General (or is it forbidden for one of the Security Council members to hold the position of Secretary General?). He’d get to meet with world leaders, get to attend tony get togethers on someone else’s dime, be able to muster international support against U.S. and Israeli policy, and wouldn’t have to negotiate with those pesky Republicans. That, and I expect he’s regarded the U.S. Presidency as a bit small for him from the outset. 

    • #24
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:47 am
  25. Profile photo of Frederick Key Inactive

    Well, now you can never retire, Mr. S.

    Obviously he needs a job that sounds hugely important but means nothing. Indeed, Secretary General of the U.N. seems perfect.

    • #25
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:48 am
  26. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    I suspect he’ll nurse his ego for a while. He’ll start working on a presidential library/app.

    Then when the economy starts to pick up, he’ll take credit for it.

    • #26
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:51 am
  27. Profile photo of jetstream Inactive

    On January 21, 2013, President Romney should nominate Mr. Obama to be the next ambassador to Libya. A position requiring large amounts of personal courage, which Mr. Obama has in abundance – need proof, he allowed himself to be talked into agreeing to let the Navy Seals take out OBL. Yeah, I know, that’s courage under fire. And who can forget his victory speech, “I me me my I I my me my me I I I I”, whew, that was some inspiration.

    Mr. Obama has exactly what it takes to be the next ambassador to Libya.

    • #27
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:52 am
  28. Profile photo of At The Rubicon Inactive

    He should move to Greece and become President of Greece.

    • #28
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:52 am
  29. Profile photo of Pig Man Inactive

    I am a Obama supporter who joined this site to try to understand how the alternate conservative universe works. I was actually quite impressed with the intellectualism of most of the comments posted here. But when you start talking about Obama going “back” to his “native” Kenya where he was “really born” you lose all credibility and sound like a racist.

    • #29
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:53 am
  30. Profile photo of MBF Member
    MBF

    I think a more interesting question is what does Michelle do? The next Hillary? Senator from Illinois or Hawaii?

    • #30
    • October 29, 2012 at 9:54 am
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4