Former US President Obama confesses he is captive to selfie

Former US president Barack Obama is now relieved from being a leader of the Free World on Tuesday but, he jokingly said, he is now “captive to selfies” whenever he is out.“The hardest thing about being the president of the US is it is unique in its isolation,” he told an audience of 3,000 who had paid 650-850 eurosDressed in a navy blue suit and shirt without a tie, Obama fielded questions in a relaxed session anchored by Sam Kass, his former White House chef and senior advisor on nutrition policy. Obama who left public service in January, affirmed his eight years in the White House has taught him to be less anxious, but still that the job was grueling. “The burdens of leadership are true in any country. But in part because of the security apparatus around the US president, you live in what’s called the bubble,” he remarked.He called it “a very nice prison, you don’t have the freedom of movement to just take a walk or sit in a cafe, because there’s always the security concern around you.”“I don’t miss that,” Obama said.“Now I am only captive to selfies, which is almost as bad,” he joked. “I can walk anywhere as long as I don’t mind taking a selfie every two steps.”At the meeting he said the US and China had to “lead the way” in fighting climate change, acknowledging obvious “differences” with his Republican successor Donald Trump on environmental policy.“The good news is the private sector has already made a determination that the future is clean energy. Those things are locked in now, into the energy sector,” he stated.“Because of the debates taking place in the current administration the steps may be taken more slowly than they would have been done, but I’m confident,” the former president said.

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