Sure, the usual coterie will trot out the prepared party line, that he is just covering his bases, preparing for any contingency, and getting all his ducks in a row, how do you say “quack” in Austrian?
The Obamas Already Preparing for Move to Hawaii in January 2013: Hyde Park neighbors talking about Chicago house being sold soon
Barack and Michelle Obama will be moving to Hawaii in January of 2013 and preparations are now being made to purchase an estate in close proximity to land owned by the University of Hawaii, where the Obama presidential library and “political center” will be located.
Here in Chicago, it’s pretty obvious that Michelle does not want to move back to this city and its winters (for any reason) and Michelle’s mother, who’s been living in the White House with her daughter and her family, will be happily making the move to Hawaii as well.
Nice digs, suitable for his potentate highness.
The Obama’s are wise to give Chicago and Illinois the back of their hand, that place is just too dangerous. It served it’s purpose, giving him some street cred and some much needed connections, but he has outgrown them now. With all the crime (even he can’t stop stray bullets) he is taking Horace Greeley’s advice.
You can access other photo’s of his cozy confines here.
One area of austerity that could easily be put in place, and much needed, is amending the Secret Service requirements for baby sitting ex presidents. It went from life time service to 10 years after ending the office. Another change is in order, how about 1 year after leaving the office?
One of the things I admired about Arnold and his stint as our governor was that the day he got sworn in, he relieved the state police of any security duties on his behalf and hired his own private security (using his existing security already on the payroll). He could afford it and this left a fairly large group of state police personal for other “official” duties. Ex presidents could follow suit. All are rich and could afford it, if they can all find suckers to spring for the costs of their libraries, providing security is an after thought.
I get that it will be a close election, that two months is a lifetime in presidential politics leaving time for all kinds of podiatric mayhem, and that even if Romney is elected, that the ditch might be even too deep for him to climb out of, the thought of that pretender getting the Jimmy Carter like boot, relegating his days to golfing and writing books about what if’s, gives me a tingle up my leg.
Oahu is perfect for him, and since our Hawaii vacations are usually limited to either Maui or Kauai, a desired natural buffer is created.