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Obama Had Dinner With Eva Longoria and Malcolm Gladwell, May Open NYC Office, Drinks Grey Goose

President Barack Obama at Barnard College commencement in May 2012. (Barnard is a liberal arts college affiliated with Columbia.)

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The New York Times has a fun if necessarily speculative piece this morning about how Barack Obama is preparing for his career after the presidency. Among the highlights:

  • Obama had a dinner at the White House in February at which his post-2017 plans were discussed. The guests included finance executives, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, author Malcolm Gladwell, Eva Longoria, and Toni Morrison.
  • The endowment for Obama’s library (which will be in Chicago) and foundation might be as large as $1 billion, funded by private donations.
  • The library will involve “cutting-edge technology,” though the only example given of what this will actually practically mean is that you might be able to remotely use a virtual reality headset to watch an old speech.
  • Obama’s drink of choice at brainstorming dinners like the one described above is an extra-dry Grey Goose martini.
  • Eva Longoria has a master’s degree in Chicano studies from Cal State Northridge. She wrote a thesis about Latinas working in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
  • The president might stay in D.C. for a while as 14-year-old Sasha Obama finishes high school, but could also open an office in New York on the Columbia University campus.

For more on the domestic and international issues Obama might stay involved with after his term ends, you can read the whole piece here.