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In a lengthy, ca­sual podcast aired Mon­day by CNN, Pres­i­dent Obama told his for­mer close ad­viser David Ax­el­rod that he’s al­ready got his eye on the day af­ter Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s inau­gu­ra­tion.

“I think my in­ten­tions on Jan. 21 are to sleep, then take my wife on a nice va­ca­tion. And she has said it bet­ter be nice. She’s earned it; she de­serves it,” Mr. Obama said, though he did not re­veal Michelle Obama’s ideal des­ti­na­tion.

The pres­i­dent has a to-do list, how­ever. “I’m go­ing to start think­ing about the book I want to write,” he said.

It would make his third ma­jor book. Mr. Obama is the pre­vi­ous au­thor of New York Times best-sell­ers “Dreams From My Fa­ther” and “The Au­dac­ity of Hope: Thoughts on Re­claim­ing the Amer­i­can Dream.” He’s also re­vealed he plans to re­main po­lit­i­cally ac­tive for pro­gres­sive causes. Things could get pretty lu­cra­tive.

The pres­i­dent and first lady could make up to $45 mil­lion on post-pres­i­dency book con­tracts, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times.

“More than enough to pay the es­ti­mated $22,000 monthly rent for the nine-bed­room home they will oc­cupy in the Kalo­rama neigh­bor­hood of Wash­ing­ton and foot the bill for flights on pri­vate jets,” the news or­ga­ni­za­tion noted in a re­cent story about Mr. Obama’s post-White House life.

“His is go­ing to be eas­ily the most valu­able pres­i­den­tial mem­oir ever,” lit­er­ary agent Raphael Sa­ga­lyn told The Times. “And I think Michelle Obama has the op­por­tu­nity to sell the most valu­able first lady mem­oir in his­tory.”

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