Obama and Biden: What Happens Next?

Jarett Rogerson and Dylan Rogerson

On January 20th, Donald Trump and Mike Pence were sworn in as president and Vice President of the United States, making Obama and Biden the fifth former living president and Vice President of the United States. Now that the two of them are out of office, this leaves them with plenty of time do to what they want. But the question is, what are they going to do? A long awaited vacation? Get back into politics? Or simply spend time with their families? Both Obama and Biden have been planning something over their last few weeks in office and are ready to finally get a break.

​Joe Biden has been serving at the president’s side for the past eight years. But it’s time now that he work by himself and make his own decisions. Since he left office, Biden has been working with University of Delaware to focus on economic and domestic policy. Over the years, Biden focused on foreign policy, becoming the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, and on domestic issues including violence against women and middle-class economic issues. Biden will continue to work in this field even after the Obama administration. Biden is also continuing his push for a cancer cure, after his son, Beau Biden, died from brain cancer in 2015. With funding from President Barack Obama, it has focused on trying to streamline efforts of the many cancer research institutions and increase sharing of data about specific tumors that can be used to develop targeted treatments. Biden considered running for president in the 2016 election, but did not due to ongoing grief over his sons death. But he still might decide to run in 2020.

After his eight years and two terms in office, former president Barack Obama is leaving the White House. For months, Obama has made small talk about his future plans, typically describing a trip to the beach and a drink served in a coconut. “What he’s focusing on right now is taking his wife on a lovely vacation and spending some time with his wife Michelle and beginning the hard work of standing up the Obama Center,” Valerie Jarrett, a top aide, said last week. But before they really move out of Washington, they are going to let their daughter Sasha finish high school. Jarrett and White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Obama will work to ensure Americans have access to affordable health care, tackle the issue of gerrymandering and speak out on behalf of so-called Dreamers, who are the offspring of unauthorized immigrants brought here as children. He also plans to be a mentor for the next generation of Democratic leaders while keeping open a line of communication with his Republican successor, Donald Trump. He is also preparing for the 2021 opening of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. Obama has no plans to give interviews, the White House said, though he has said he will speak out as events demand it, particularly if the Trump administration moves to deport the 750,000 or so young adults who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children and whom Obama temporarily protected from deportation.