10 Things Barack And Michelle Obama Can Do After They Leave The White House


With only months left to the Obama presidency, our thoughts turn to what Barack and Michelle will do once they leave the White House. (Yes, we’re sad about it, too.)

We’ve always been in awe of their charm and grace as First Couple, but in the last years of Barack’s presidency, they’ve really upped their game—coming out strong on important issues, but also managing to have a little fun in the spotlight.

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The world will be their oyster come January and they are poised to snatch ALL the pearls.

Here are 10 ideas Barack and Michelle Obama (and Sasha and Malia) could try after retiring.

  1. Move in Next to Dre and Bow on “Blackish”


    How great and totally meta would it be if an Obama-like family, played by the Obamas themselves, moved into the Johnsons’ neighborhood?

    This White House handout photo shows US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia (R) and Sasha (L), as they sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, September 1, 2009. Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office (Photo credit should read ANNIE LEIBOVITZ/AFP/Getty Images)
    Dre and Barack would hit it off, bro-ing out super hard, while Bow and MO would be the greatest girlfriends since Girlfriends on UPN.

  2. Michelle For Supreme Court

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    Before becoming FLOTUS, Michelle Obama was a lawyer with degrees from Harvard and Princeton—and the Supreme Court could certainly benefit from a black woman’s perspective. Since Congress is dead set against anyone the President appoints to the Supremes, if Hillary or Bernie wins, MOBama would be an excellent choice. And a great way to really stick it to the conservatives.

  3. Barack Gets A Late-Night Talk Show


    Barry is no stranger to talk shows and podcasts—the man did Between Two Ferns, for God’s sake. With all that experience, and his countless connections, he could knock the Jimmys off their late night thrones. Bonus points if the Roots jump ship from Fallon.

  4. Michelle Runs For President


    If we have to endure four years of President Trump, we’re going to need a breath of fresh air afterward. And no air is fresher than the stuff surrounding our current First Lady. Hey, if Hillary can try it (twice), why not Michelle? Plus, how great a First Husband would Barry be?

  5. Sasha and Malia Supplant Kendall and Kylie As Style Icons


    Sasha and Malia Obama have grown up before our eyes into two beautiful, smart, honest and wonderfully shady young women. The runways are just SCREAMING out for them. Let’s give the young girls of America better role models than Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

    I’m not suggesting the Obama girls make a career out of taking selfies (not on Michelle’s watch!) but a few years gracing Vogue and stomping catwalks from New York to Tokyo will do them (and the world) some good.

  6. Michelle Starts A Fashion Line

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    Michelle Obama’s fashion choices have often overshadowed her other accomplishments as First Lady, but in all fairness, we haven’t had a fabulous FLOTUS in like 50 years. The kids got excited. Especially when the bangs came out.

    US President Barack Obama stands with First Lady Michelle Obama shortly before greeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the North Portico of the White House November 24, 2009, as the Obamas host their first official State Dinner. AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    But once the spotlight is off, Michelle can lend her eye—and her name—to a domestically made ready to wear line to give American women the A-line skirts and smart sweater-sets they deserve.

  7. Barack And Justin Trudeau Become Bromantically Involved


    How thirsty did pictures of Barack and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau broing out make you? Since Trudeau’s new at this whole world leader thing, Barack can jet up north every once in a while to lend a helping hand—and aid Trudeau’s valiant efforts to Make Canada Hot Again.

    US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd L), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd R) and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau pose upon the Trudeau's arrival for a State Dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Along the way, they can form the North American League of Really Attractive World Leaders with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto.

  8. Michelle Becomes A Fitness Guru

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    Michelle’s were the best guns the White House has ever seen—sorryboutit, Teddy Roosevelt—so what better way to cement her reputation as the fittest First Lady in history than a Jane Fonda-esque workout empire. Her first video? A Hello to Arms: 10 Hopeful Steps to Achieving a First Lady Physique.

  9. Barack Puts Out An R&B Album

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    What’s a former world leader to do when he’s no longer leading the world? Why, put out an album of duets on R&B standards, obviously. Barack’s hinted at his pipes here and there, but post-presidency he’ll be free to belt his heart out. He can have some of his classic faves—Aretha, Stevie, Patti, Ms. Ross—and some of the new kids— he’ll give a presidential pardon to Bobby Shmurda before leaving office.

    Of course, his good friends Jay-Z and Beyoncé will also show up, and Michelle can hop on at least a track or two. Make way for Barry O and the Commanders in Clef!

  10. Michelle And Oprah Take Over The World

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    The O Magazine cover of Oprah and Michelle Obama was the best thing that ever happened to the world. Just two fabulous, rich, powerful, rich, black women, belted to the hilt, living and loving life.

    NEW YORK - MAY 05: Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama attends the Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala at Rose Hall - Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 5, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Time Inc.)
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    And then there were the eulogies they gave at Maya Angelou’s funeral that, if you haven’t seen them, you need to get your life immediately.

    Together, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey are unstoppable. MO and O can just leave Barack and Steadman on an extended playdate as they go about creating real change. And that’s change you can believe in.

Les Fabian Brathwaite is a writer, noted wit and bon vivant. Michelle Obama is his spirit animal.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat