- “There are probably some things I would not be doing, ’cause Michelle would leave me,” Mr. Obama laughed.
- Two veterans from the former Obama office, Susan Rice and Michelle Flournoy, are being considered for prominent positions.
- President Obama's memoir describes the role his political career had on his family life.
Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, won’t be a part of the incoming administration of President-Elect Joe Biden after all. In an interview prior to the publication of his memoir, “A Promised Land,” President Obama was categorical that he won’t accept any role in the Biden administration, even if the President-Elect offered him one.
The only reason is family. The former US president, therefore, dismissed the possibility of returning to the White House, in an interview with CBS on Sunday.
“[Joe Biden ] doesn’t need my advice. And I will help him in any ways that I can. But now, you know, I’m not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something.”
Asked by the interviewer whether he would settle for a cabinet position, the former president responded, “there are probably some things I would not be doing, ’cause Michelle would leave me,” Mr. Obama laughed. “She’d be like, ‘What? You’re doin’ what?’”
There is much speculation about the role of the 44th US president in the new administration, with rumors already that two veterans from the former Obama office, Susan Rice and Michelle Flournoy, are being considered for prominent positions.
In his memoir, President Obama writes about the impact his meteoric rise in the Senate, and then to the White House, had on his marriage to Michelle and family life with his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, now teenagers.
The former president explained that his career in politics, “with prolonged absences, has made things more complicated” for the career of the former First Lady, who has a law degree.
On the current situation in the United States of America, and the fact that President Trump did not accept his electoral defeat, while promoting conspiracy theories about alleged election fraud, the former US President was disappointed with the role played by some Republican lawmakers.
Asked about the 72 million voters who voted for President Trump, the first African-American President in the history of the United States indicated that this figure shows that the country is still “deeply divided.”
Regarding the transition of power in the presidency, which the Trump administration is evidently frustrating, President Obama stressed that “Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris will be the next vice president,” because “there is no legal basis” for President Trump’s accusations of the presidential election results.
Regarding the support that the outgoing President had from members of the Republican Party, who did not question the allegations without evidence that there was electoral fraud, the former American president argued that it was disappointing.
After eight years as Barack Obams’s Vice President, Joe Biden is scheduled to take officially office as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021.