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The Obamas Announce What’s Next For Them


For those of us not willing yet to welcome in the new administration, it’s been a day centered around the goodbyes. All day, Twitter has been getting out their last (sincere) Thanks, Obamas.

As we say goodbye to the Obamas, they’re also saying their goodbyes to us. Yesterday, President Obama wrote a farewell letter to America that I hope you’ve read and cried through. A taste:

And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’

Yes, we can.

But the Obamas aren’t disappearing. They’re heading to Palm Springs for one of those regular citizen vacations they must have been hearing so much about. They’re going to take a break and “just be still for a little bit.” But after that, they’ve got plans.

They chose inauguration day (mild thunder-stealing burn) to unveil the new That’s the new home of the Obama Foundation, a “living, working center for citizenship.” The presidential center will be housed on the South Side of Chicago, but will eventually have projects all over the world.

For now, the website is a call for our stories. The center aims to “shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century,” so they want to know what inspires you and what ideas you have.

There are also some beautiful photo galleries (and a couple of playlists) you can spend some time working through. The “Brotherhood” gallery, dedicated to Joe and Barack’s friendship, is, of course, especially fantastic.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.