It’s been eight years of his life—the Obama girls grew into young women, and Michelle made the White House a home for her family. So what is Obama doing during the final days of his presidency? Of course, the President is aiding Trump during the transition. However, he’s certainly making sure that there are a few safeguards in place to protect his legacy and hard work over the last eight years. Reports indicate that Obama has not only appointed 103 people to various positions, but continues to implement roadblocks for Trump, including protecting funding for Planned Parenthood and banning the drilling of oil off the Atlantic coast.
According to Matt Bennett of the Third Way, in an interview with The New York Times, “The Republicans are freaking out because all of a sudden Obama is doing a lot of governing. They don’t like it. I get that. But he’s in his right to do it, and he should do it. Is he trying to box Trump in? You bet — and he should.” Obama’s not all work and no play in his final hours, tweeting about his stance on his legacy as President: “As we look ahead to the future, I wanted to take a moment to look back on the remarkable progress that you made possible these past eight years.” Obama took pride in his final turkey pardon during Thanksgiving, spent time with Marines during Christmas, and enjoyed time with his own family during the holidays.
While Obama inches closer to the closure of a major chapter in his life, America will forever be changed by his presidency. With his ability to maintain humor during tough times, poke fun at himself during press conferences, and make the stiffest political gatherings seem hip, Obama has certainly earned the “coolest President” nickname.