Michelle Plans a Post-White House Life Without Barack
BY EDWARD KLEIN / AUGUST 19, 2015
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Barack Obama’s ambitious plans for his post-presidency—a $1 billion fundraising goal to build a presidential library in Chicago and launch a global foundation.
But missing from all this talk are the plans being hatched by Michelle Obama. Significantly, her plans don’t include her husband.
For a while, the first lady played with the idea of running for the Illinois Senate seat now occupied by Republican Mark Kirk, who was hobbled by a 2012 stroke and recently fell during a vote on the Senate floor. But she has since all but dismissed this idea.
Instead, ED KLEIN CONFIDENTIAL has learned that Michelle has decided to carve out a post-White House life for herself that will be separate and independent from her husband’s.
And the future she envisions includes one other person—her best friend and confidant Valerie Jarrett.
“They discuss their possibilities all the time,” said a source close to Jarrett, “and Michelle talks about their future as if they are one and the same.
“Michelle is definitely going to write a memoir,” this source continued. “She’ll get millions for it. After the book, she and Valerie want to travel abroad—maybe make their base for a while in Spain or France.
“Valerie sees Michelle and herself sitting on the boards of a handful of corporations, giving speeches for big bucks, writing books, and living large.
“Michelle has had the time of her life in the White House, and she doesn’t want to step down from that luxurious Air Force One lifestyle.”