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After the White House THE OBAMAS’ NEW LIVES

First they recharged with exotic vacations. Now they’re writing their memoirs, figuring out the coffeemaker—and quietly fuming over Donald Trump
“He’s the same even-keeled, mission-focused” Barack (in N.Y.C. March 10), says Obama Foundation CEO David Simas. And Michelle? “She loved being First Lady. There’s a sense of ‘I did that. Now I get to do something else,’ ” says her chief of staff Melissa Winter.

On May 9 Barack Obama was in Milan joking to a food-industry group about how he fights his wife, Michelle, for closet space in their new home—and causing an Internet sensation with the deeply unbuttoned neckline of his shirt. (Next time “Obama’s gonna roll in with his shirt completely unbuttoned, piña colada in hand,” one Twitter user predicted.) But as the former President headed home to D.C. with foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes later that day, the easy, breezy trip was jolted by alerts from the news apps on the pair’s phones: President Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey in the middle of the bureau’s investigation into ties between the Trump team and Russia. While Barack dispatched no statement on the bombshell, Rhodes was at his side tweeting up a storm: “This is not normal. This is not healthy for a democracy.”

It’s a new normal all around: for the nation, getting used to its erratic and impolitic 45th President; and for the Obamas, settling into a new house and downsized

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