Former President Barack Obama is in Milan this week speaking to the dangers of climate change. In a moment of levity, though, Obama was asked what he doesn’t miss about being President.
Obama laughed at the question and indicated that the list was lengthy. He did, however, ultimately settle on the isolation of the job.
“The hardest thing about being the President of the United States is it is unique in its isolation… The burdens of leadership are true in any country, but in part because of the security apparatus around a U.S. President, you live in what’s called ‘the bubble,’ and it is a very nice prison. So you don’t have the freedom of movement to be able to just take a walk or to sit at a café… I don’t miss that.”
Obama then conceded that his newfound “freedom” comes at a cost.
“Now, I’m only captive to selfies, which is almost as bad. I can walk anywhere as long as I’m willing to take a selfie every two steps.”
While Obama spoke to the Seeds and Chips Global Food Innovation Summit about the imminent dangers of climate change, the Trump administration is considering pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“Over my years in office we acted dramatically to curtail dirty energy. In Paris we helped to lead the world to the first significant global agreement for a low carbon future. But even if every country puts a brake on emissions that exists today, climate change will still have an impact on the world we live in today.”
Americans are left only with a sense of nostalgia for the Obama era, in which the United States was a leading force for scientific innovation and environmental responsibility. Thankfully, Obama has left his “bubble” and taken this fight to the international community, which is more than willing to pick up Trump’s slack.
In the meantime, we encourage the international community to give Obama some space when it comes to selfies.
Watch the entire exchange below via NBC News:
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.