Obama’s transition from ‘man of the people’ to ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’

Whatever regrets he may have about his legacy vaporizing under President Trump and the Republican Congress, Barack Obama is going to enjoy his post-presidency as an ongoing reality show in the vein of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

The photo adorning the first screen of the Drudge Report tells the story:

Ed Lasky points to this Page Six item:

The Obamas are moving into a nine-bedroom mansion in the Kalorama section of Washington - the posh neighborhood of diplomats and DC old money - while younger daughter Sasha finishes high school at Sidwell Friends. But they have apparently been buying real estate elsewhere, too. According to sources, the Obamas have purchased a house in Rancho Mirage, Calif., not far from Sunnylands, the former Annenberg estate, which presidents use as a getaway and which is thought of as the unofficial West Coast Camp David ... The Obamas are also said to have bought a holiday getaway in Obama's childhood home state of Hawaii.

I agree with Ed’s comment: “If he had not posed as working for the little people I would not begrudge him.”

Barack Obama grew up among much richer people than his family, in Jakarta and at the Punahou School in Honolulu.  Whatever resentment he may have developed was directed at getting a heaping helping for himself at least as much as redistribution.

Whatever regrets he may have about his legacy vaporizing under President Trump and the Republican Congress, Barack Obama is going to enjoy his post-presidency as an ongoing reality show in the vein of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

The photo adorning the first screen of the Drudge Report tells the story:

Ed Lasky points to this Page Six item:

The Obamas are moving into a nine-bedroom mansion in the Kalorama section of Washington - the posh neighborhood of diplomats and DC old money - while younger daughter Sasha finishes high school at Sidwell Friends. But they have apparently been buying real estate elsewhere, too. According to sources, the Obamas have purchased a house in Rancho Mirage, Calif., not far from Sunnylands, the former Annenberg estate, which presidents use as a getaway and which is thought of as the unofficial West Coast Camp David ... The Obamas are also said to have bought a holiday getaway in Obama's childhood home state of Hawaii.

I agree with Ed’s comment: “If he had not posed as working for the little people I would not begrudge him.”

Barack Obama grew up among much richer people than his family, in Jakarta and at the Punahou School in Honolulu.  Whatever resentment he may have developed was directed at getting a heaping helping for himself at least as much as redistribution.

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