What will President Barack Obama do after Jan. 20, when he finishes his eight years in the White House and Donald Trump is inaugurated?
During his final White House Correspondents' Dinner in May, a sketch depicted a post-presidency Obama as the "couch commander," offering Joe Biden advice about sunglasses, attempting to score a coaching gig with the Washington Wizards and catching an afternoon movie with retired house speaker John Boehner.
But it appears his life after the White House will not be spent on the golf course. The Obamas will stay in Washington at least until Sasha Obama graduates high school, making Obama the first president to remain in D.C. after leaving office since Woodrow Wilson. Obama will lease an office in the World Wildlife Fund headquarters building and work to develop new democratic leadership.
But first, a vacation.
"I will take a vacation for a couple weeks after my presidency is over," Obama told Democratic National Committee stakeholders in November, according to the New York Post.
"But then we're going to get back to work," Obama said.
Obama to "coach" democrats
In a recent interview on Morning Edition, Obama told NPR's Steve Inskeep that he would like to help develop a "whole new generation of talent" for the Democratic party.
"There are such incredible young people who not only worked on my campaign, but I've seen in advocacy groups," Obama said in the interview. "I've seen passionate about issues like climate change, or conservation, criminal justice reform. You know, campaigns for a livable wage, or health insurance. And making sure that whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up. That's something that I think I can do well [and] I think Michelle can do well."
Before the election, many Republicans feared they would not only lose the presidency, but down ballot races as well. George W. Bush reportedly worried he would be "the last Republican president," and many democrats exuberantly predicted an easy win for Hillary Clinton. Many wondered how the Republican party would pick up the pieces after Trump lost.
But Trump won the presidency, and the Republicans maintained control of Congress — so it's the Democrats who find themselves trying to figure out what went wrong and where to go from here.
According to Obama, the issue was not with the party's platform, but with a failure to connect their message to voters and to focus on local races, particularly in rural areas.
"There are clearly failures on our part to give people in rural areas or in ex-urban areas, a sense day-to-day that we're fighting for them or connected to them," Obama said in the Morning Edition interview.
Obama to take on redistricting reform
Obama will also work with the newly formed National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Politico reported in October.
The NDRC, which will be led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, will "coordinate campaign strategy, direct fundraising, organize ballot initiatives and put together legal challenges to state redistricting maps," according to Politico, and White House political director David Simas said it will be where Obama is "most politically engaged" after leaving office.
According to Politico, Republicans won 52% of votes in 2014 but won 57% of congressional seats. That, according to redistricting reform advocates, is owing to the Republican gerrymandering the NDRC hopes to combat.
"American voters deserve fair maps that represent our diverse communities — and we need a coordinated strategy to make that happen," Holder said. "This unprecedented new effort will ensure Democrats have a seat at the table to create fairer maps after 2020."
Obama "invested" in My Brother's Keeper
President Obama launched My Brother's Keeper in 2014 to close the "opportunity gaps" faced by young people of color.
During a recent summit on the initiative, Obama said he planned to remain involved, according to Ebony.
"This is just the beginning," Obama said. "We are going to keep these efforts going to invest in our young people, to break down barriers that keep them from getting ahead."
At the summit, some young men who have been helped by the program spoke about its benefits.
Malachi Hernandez, a freshman at Northeastern University in Boston, said the program helped him go from living in an impoverished neighborhood to being the first member of his family to attend college. Like Obama, Hernandez grew up without his father.
"I am now prepared to make a real difference in today's world," Hernandez said at the summit.
Obama to write new book
In an interview with Rolling Stone the day after the election, Obama said he would spend his first year out of office writing a book.
He also said he will organize his presidential center, "which is gonna be focused on precisely this issue of how do we train and empower the next generation of leadership."
"How do we rethink our storytelling, the messaging and the use of technology and digital media, so that we can make a persuasive case across the country?" Obama continued, noting that both he and Michelle Obama would continue to be active at a "grassroots level."
He also said that he would work to promote active citizenship.
"That is going to be something that I will, in my own modest ways, continue to try to encourage for the rest of my life," Obama told the magazine.