Correction: Obama-After White House story

May 18, 2015, 1:25 PM
FILE – In this Dec. 31, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama holds his shave ice as he exi...
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama holds his shave ice as he exits Island Snow to greet people waiting outside during he first families annual holiday vacation. The decision by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, to build his presidential library in Chicago scratches one item from their to-do list for life after the White House. Remaining decisions aren't as pressing as where to build the library and likely will come near the end of his term or after he leaves the building in mid-January 2017.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 16 about President Barack Obama’s plans after he leaves the White House, The Associated Press reported erroneously that George H.W. Bush’s presidential library is in Houston. The library is in College Station, Texas.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Obama, first lady thinking about life after White House

Obamas balance remaining time in office with decisions about White House ‘afterlife’

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential library? Check. Future home? TBD.

The decision by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, to build his presidential library in Chicago scratches one item from their to-do list for life after the White House.

Remaining decisions aren’t as pressing as where to put the library and likely will come near the end of his term or after he leaves the building in mid-January 2017.

Mrs. Obama says that’s a good thing because “we still have a lot to do in these two years, and it’s hard to do this and think about the next steps. I think the time will come when it will feel right to start thinking about what’s next, but until now it’s really about solidifying the work that we’re doing here.”

It’s also about not appearing more focused on the future than on their day-to-day responsibilities, says Anita McBride, a veteran of three Republican administrations.

“You’re president and first lady for eight years, not six years and five months,” she said.

Some of the decision-making that lies ahead for the Obamas:

NEW HOME

Obama has said daughter Sasha “will have a big vote” in where the family ends up when his term ends, partly because the soon-to-be 14-year-old will still be in high school. (Big sister Malia is expected to be away at college.)

Former President George W. Bush has his home and library in the same city: Dallas. His father, George H.W. Bush, has his library in College Station, about 95 miles from his home city of Houston.

Obama still owns the Chicago home he lived in with his family before he became president, but it’s unclear whether he would return there permanently.

Obama spends Christmas in his native Hawaii, but it appears it won’t be his home post-presidency. The White House said Obama was not behind the recent $8.7 million purchase of a Hawaii beachfront home by his friend, Chicago businessman Marty Nesbitt. Nesbitt is chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation, which is raising money to build the library.

BOOKS/SPEAKING CIRCUIT

Publishing houses will pay millions for the memoirs of the first black U.S. president and first lady.

Former President Bill Clinton received a reported $10 million advance for his memoir, “My Life.” His wife, former first lady and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, is said to have received $8 million for her book, “Living History.”

Both Obamas are already published authors.

Obama wrote “Dreams from My Father,” ”The Audacity of Hope” and “Of Thee I Sing,” a children’s book.

Michelle Obama is the author of “American Grown,” about her garden on the South Lawn.

Obama agreed in 2004 to write the children’s book as part of a three-book deal with Random House that included “Audacity.” He remains under contract for a nonfiction work that would not be his memoir, to be delivered after he leaves office.

Speakers’ bureaus are also likely to court the Obamas.

FUTURE CAREERS

Obama will be 55 when he leaves office and Mrs. Obama will be 53.

Obama has talked about returning to teaching and to the community organizing work he did before politics. (He once taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago.) Obama also says he’ll stay involved with a support program he started for boys and young men of color. He recently announced that a new foundation will continue the program after he leaves office.

“I’ll go back to doing the kinds of work that I was doing before, just trying to find ways to help people — help young people get educations, and help people get jobs, and try to bring businesses into neighborhoods that don’t have enough businesses,” Obama said. “That’s the kind of work that I really love to do.”

Mrs. Obama plans to stay engaged with her four major initiatives: reducing childhood obesity, helping military veterans and their families, encouraging high school students to attend college or technical school, and educating girls around the world.

“I do not have a one- or two-year horizon for this work,” she told a health summit earlier this year. “I have a rest-of-my-life horizon.”

FRESH AIR

After leaving the White House, Mrs. Obama looks forward to “getting in a car and rolling down the window and just letting the air hit my face. I’m going to spend that first year just hanging out the window.” It’s been years since she’s ridden in a car with the windows down and the “windows in our house don’t open” either, she said. The Secret Service agents who will remain with the Obamas will probably keep the windows shut.

___

Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

United States News

FILE - SAS planes are grounded at Oslo Gardermoen airport during pilots strikes, in Oslo, Friday, A...
Associated Press

Carrier SAS files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in US

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Scandinavian Airlines on Tuesday filed for bankruptcy in the United States, warning a walkout by 1,000 pilots a day earlier had put the future of the carrier at risk. The move adds to the likelihood of travel chaos across Europe as the summer vacation period begins. The Stockholm-based group said it […]
3 hours ago
FILE - Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. After the ...
Associated Press

Companies could face hurdles covering abortion travel costs

After the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the federal right to an abortion that’s been in place for half a century, companies like Amazon, Disney, Apple and JP Morgan pledged to cover travel costs for employees who live in states where the procedure is now illegal so they can terminate pregnancies. But the companies gave scant […]
3 hours ago
Staff members stand near American and Chinese flags at a booth for the U.S. Soybean Export Council ...
Associated Press

Chinese envoy expresses concern over US tariffs with Yellen

BEIJING (AP) — China’s envoy to trade war talks with Washington expressed concern about U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports during a phone call Tuesday with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the Ministry of Commerce announced, but it gave no indication of progress toward resolving an array of conflicts. Vice Premier Liu He and Yellen also discussed […]
1 day ago
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index ...
Associated Press

Global shares mixed as inflation, energy weigh on growth

TOKYO (AP) — Shares declined Tuesday in Europe after an upbeat session in Asia, while Wall Street futures slipped ahead of the reopening of U.S. markets from the Independence Day holiday. Benchmarks also fell in Paris, London, Frankfurt and Shanghai. But stocks gained in Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong. The war in Ukraine and its […]
1 day ago
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index ...
Associated Press

Asia shares rise on optimism about easing COVID restrictions

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares advanced Monday across the board as buying set in after the lull of a U.S. national holiday. Analysts said the optimism may be driven by expectations the U.S. may decide to cut Chinese tariffs, a welcome move that would also help tame inflation. China’s Commerce Ministry said Tuesday that Vice […]
1 day ago
FILE - Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks in Leavenworth, Kan., on July 8, 2019. K...
Associated Press

Kobach looks for comeback in Kansas after losing 2 big races

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters have said no to him twice over the past four years. But Kris Kobach is nonetheless betting that this can be the year he makes a political comeback. His losses, including a 2018 defeat that handed the governor’s office in this Republican-leaning state to a Democrat, might end other […]
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling

Arizona Division of Problem Gambling provides exclusion solution for young sports bettors

Sports betting in Arizona opened a new world to young adults, one where putting down money on games was as easy as sending a text message.
Correction: Obama-After White House story