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Obama House To Have Two Offices, Rumors Abound

| by Sheena Vasani

Contractors are reportedly working on a second office in the Obamas' new home in Washington, D.C., causing many to speculate what President Barack Obama has planned once he leaves office in January.

The Obama family will move to a $5.3 million home in Kalorama, a well-to-do neighborhood in Washington, D.C., while 15-year-old Sasha Obama finishes high school, the Daily Mail reports.

They will be leasing the home, built in 1928, from President Bill Clinton's former press secretary Joe Lockhart and his wife, Giovanna Gray.

Renovations to the home include an upgraded security system, while the garage will be transformed into the home's second office.

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For some, this suggests both Barack and Michelle Obama have many plans in store after Obama's term ends.

"I’m going to be constrained with what I do with all of you until I am again a private citizen," Barack Obama once said after President-elect Donald Trump won the election. "But that’s not so far off. You’re going to see me early next year and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff to do."

The Obamas have kept relatively silent and vague about what those activities are, leaving many to search for clues. The second office is another piece in the puzzle.

The two may sign multimillion dollar book contracts, The New York Times reports.

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“His is going to be easily the most valuable presidential memoir ever,” said Raphael Sagalyn of the ICM/Sagalyn Literary Agency. “And I think Michelle Obama has the opportunity to sell the most valuable first lady memoir in history.”

Michelle Obama, who launched the Let Girls Learn initiative, has also said she would like to continue promoting women's education.

"I am so excited to continue working on this issue not just for the next seven months as first lady, but for the rest of my life," she said at the United States of Women summit. "And it’s going to be good work, because there are a lot of good partners in this room. And I am so looking forward to really diving in."

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times / Photo credit: Washington Fine Properties via Daily Mail

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