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A young ex-president, Obama poised for a busy retirement

President Barack Obama waves after the conclusion of his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago

President Barack Obama waves after the conclusion of his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago

For Barack Obama, retirement is looking like anything but.

He has a presidential library to build, hundreds of millions of dollars to raise, causes to fight for and a book to write.

And don’t forget that long-promised vacation with his wife.

A new chapter starts when Obama becomes ex-president on Friday.

He’ll be freer to speak his mind, set his own schedule and make some money. Already, Obama is looking ahead to writing a book and has had talks with Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel about post-presidency arrangements that could include speaking gigs.

Obama is 55, and he’ll leave the White House as an unusually young ex-president.

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