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Ed Driscoll

2017: Obama to Dust Off ‘Office of the President Elect?’

January 8th, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Kathy Shaidle asks, “Will President Obama be treated as if he’s still running America even after his term expires? The answer is a guaranteed yes, according to Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s most-listened-to radio broadcaster:”

Obama says he is going to stay in Washington. Can you guess why that might be?”

Limbaugh speculated Obama wants to “stay in town to make sure that whatever he accomplishes is not unwound.”

As an example, Limbaugh said if a Republican is elected in 2016 and says certain aspects of Obamacare were sought to be dismantled, “Obama is going to call the media, and he’s going to go on TV as though he’s still president, and the media will treat him that way.

“He is going to stay there to make sure that whatever he’s done to remake this country is not changed, is not unwound,” Limbaugh added.

“I guarantee you folks, even after he’s out of office, he is going to be treated by the media as though he’s still president. And this may be the case even with a Democrat president [in office then]. Whatever the next president does, the media is going to go to Obama every day.”

In any case, as Ace noted a couple of years ago, Obama’s November, 2008 through early January 2009 “Office of the President Elect,” — an “office” that basically consisted of a podium adorned with a placard that looked like it was made on Photoshop and printed on cardstock at a DC Kinko’s — was “the office Obama really wanted, lots of meetings, the chance to give lots of fun speeches to adoring crowds, plenty of time for waffles but no real responsibilities.”

No doubt, he’ll dust-off the concept in 2017, perhaps transforming it into a nightly hour-long MSNBC show. But didn’t Bill Whittle get there first, with his “Mr. Virtual President” series of clips?

But what Obama’s version? My first thought is “The Office of the President Eject,” but I’m not sure if that quite works. Let me know your suggestions in the comments below.

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Well, go figure. I tried a clever pun on Ed's request for a new title, and this site won't accept the entirely clinical, medical terminology for the male product of sexual intercourse.
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"My first thought is 'The Office of the President Eject,' but I’m not sure if that quite works."

I'm not so sure Obama will be reactionary player like Limbaugh suggests. Oh, sure, he'll be treated by most media as "presidential" whenever he expresses an opinion, but the man isn't seriously involved in POTUS work now, so why would he desire to do so later? I think he's more likely to spend his days later finding new ways to look cool. He'll get as overexposed as any other celebrity who has outlived his celebrity. If he feels a need to insert himself into a contorversy, it would likely be a repeat of the other times he has done so: He'll get in the way and make things worse. (Examples: Henry Louis Gates arrest controversy, the George Zimmerman trial) As such, he will continue to be a hazard to navigation. Therefore, I suggest his next workplace title: The Office Of the President Derelict.
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Obama doesn't get the adulation he craves unless he remains, if not in D.C., at least as the teleprompter-reading verbal attack dog of the left. But that's only if the GOP wins the White House back in 2016.

The idea that Hillary is going to want Barack Obama hanging around Washington seeking applause lines by keeping her from triangulating like her husband did after 1994 is actually funny to contemplate, given the disdain the Clintons already have for the Obama crew (instead of Chris Christie's staff emails on the Fort Lee entrance ramps to the George Washington Bridge, imagine the fun of seeing Team Clinton's emails over the past six years on Barack Obama). If Hillary's in the White House and Obama tries to remain a political player -- rather than just someone who shows up at liberals' events, keeps his trap shut and still gets a six-figure paycheck -- you're going to see stories and books about the real Barack Obama come out from the big media and publishing houses that will make Robert Gates' newest tome look like a love letter to the president.
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It used to be accepted that one duty of an ex-president was to return to private life and shut the hell up so he didn't cause trouble for the current president, even if from the other party. But starting with Jimmy Carter, all the Democratic ex-presidents have stayed in the public eye. Meanwhile, the Republicans have stayed out of the public eye.

Sounds like Obama wants to be another like Carter and Clinton and make trouble for whoever replaces him.
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