Obama Says He’s Excited to ‘Go Down to Starbucks, Not Shave’ After Presidency

President Obama also plans to steer clear of ties for at least a month
Obama Says He’s Excited to Be Able to ‘Go Down to Starbucks, Not Shave’ After Presidency

After he leaves the White House, Obama has some pretty simple plans for how to unwind. 

Much like Pope Francis, President Obama is looking forward to the day when, after his term is over, he becomes less of a celebrity and leaves his bubble of protection — so he can eat what he wants.

In anticipation of the end of his reign as pope, the leader of the Catholic Church famously said, “The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza.”

As for Obama, being the president of the United States comes with its own limitations. “If I want to just go take a walk, I gotta have helicopters and boats and all that stuff,” he said in an interview with NowThis. “I can’t just, on a Saturday morning, go down to a Starbucks or something [and] not shave. You know, it sounds pretty good to me.

“Those are some of the things I’ll be doing when I get out of here,” Obama told the audience, laughing. “And I probably won’t wear a tie for at least a month.”


It’s too bad that Obama wasn’t around to advise Shaq on why it might have been a good idea to team up with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz when he had the chance — the NBA star recently revealed that he turned down the invitation to open several Starbucks franchises in predominantly black neighborhoods because he was of the mind that “black people don’t drink coffee.”