Many U.S. presidents, upon leaving office, try to fade from the national spotlight and live the rest of their lives as private citizens. President Barack Obama implied in a Vanity Fair interview that he might choose to go a different route, McClatchy reports.
In the interview conducted by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Obama talked about his use of the term “radical Islam,” how he would miss Air Force One and his desire to make the world better.
“Having had this office has given me this incredible perch from which to see how the world works. The power of the office is unique and it is a humbling privilege,” Obama said. “With that power, however, also comes a whole host of institutional constraints. There are things I cannot say. There are things that…”
“You mean now, but you will later,” Goodwin prods.
“That I cannot say, not out of any political concerns, but out of prudential concerns of the office,” Obama continues. “There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a president of the United States to carry out, but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about.” Read more at McClatchy.