During his visit to Laos this week, Obama spoke at a Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) town hall at Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang, and discussed his and his family’s plans after they leave the White House.
A student from Singapore asked him, “Since YSEALI means so much to you, how will you ensure that YSEALI continues after you step down?”
Obama said he’s got it all planned out with the State Department so the program continues, and he will continue to stay involved. He said they’ll “bring certain members of YSEALI to the United States to maintain the networks. We’re trying to institutionalize that so it continues after I’m gone.”
“In my own work as an ex-president I’m hoping to continue working with young people through my presidential center,” Obama said. “And so one of the components I’ve discussed with my team is how I can continue to interact with the YSEALI alumni and we can share ideas and I can continue to meet with you and we can work on projects together.”
Asked about Michelle Obama’s plans, he said she will continue to work on nutrition issues, but she’s going to be more involved internationally, as well as domestically, than she has been. “Now that our girls are getting older, she can travel more,” Obama said.
He continued, “It used to be that she didn’t like going too far away for too long because she wanted to make sure the girls were doing their homework and acting properly. But now that the girls are almost grown, you’ll see Michelle work on this issues internationally more than she has.”
This summer, Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, was caught on video dancing provocatively at a rock concert, and smoking pot. A few weeks later, she attended a party on Martha’s Vineyard that got so wild it had to be shut down by the cops and everyone sent home.
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