Why is that guy smiling? What is that big toothy grin all about? What you’re looking at is the brand new official photograph of the 44th President of the United States and just in case you don’t remember, he looks a whole bunch happier than he did in his previous official photograph which at best could be described as portraying the 44th President of the United States as pleasant. What’s going on here?
First of all, anytime he wants he can conjure up a vision of the Senate minority leader standing on a podium and telling anyone who would listen that job numero uno was to make sure that the 44th President of the United States was a one term president. And then that big toothy grin will wash over his face as in his mind he can say to the conjured up image, “So how did that work out for you?”
Then there’s the Affordable Care Act that his opponents derisively renamed Obama Care. He can think back on this touchstone accomplishment of his first term, enjoying the fact that millions of Americans who couldn’t get health insurance before will now have the opportunity and the fact that most will remember it as Obama Care has turned the attempt at a negative into a positive and brings that happy smile to his face.
And then there’s the fact that he never has to stand for election again – ever. He has reached that culmination in American political life. He goes out on top. He has an important liberal political agenda that he wants passed, and with the help of an American public that thinks a whole hell of a lot more of him than they do of Congress at this point, much of what he seeks to accomplish in the next four years could become reality. Several more reasons for that big smiling face.
Finally, there’s all those things that come to former presidents that will come to him and whether it’s teaching or volunteer service or ambassador to the world it will certainly be something at which he will acquit himself in a manner that will continue to make his country proud of his intellectual abilities, his personal achievements, his knowledge and his humanity.
Oh, and then there’s the free postage, the pension, reimbursement for staff, travel and office expenses once his work in the White House is done, not to mention the Secret Service hanging around to watch his backside for the next ten years. Heck, I’d have a big toothy grin, too.