- A recent study still shows majority of Americans wish that former President Barack Obama was still in the White House
- But although he certainly took his responsibilities as President seriously, there were other less desirable moments he didn't quite enjoy
- Obama has been candid about the things he definitely did not miss from his time in the presidency, and lack of eye-contact seems to be at the top of this list
Under one year since his exit from the White House the much loved former President candidly spoke on the issues he had faced in the time of his presidency.
Speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit, Obama said eye-contact was something he missed, as people kept approaching him wanting to take ‘selfies’ with him.
He demonstrated their stance when approaching him, by showing the typical movements of someone with a cell phone or camera in their hand, ready for taking the desired selfie.
‘One of the weird things about being president is I found people were no longer looking me in the eye and shaking my hand because they approached me either like this or like this.’
In May Obama shared further details to White House chef, Sam Kass, about what he found difficult to cope with during his presidency.
Kass asked him if there were things he would not miss as President and Obama responded in his usual honest manner.
He said the isolation, brought on by the consistently high security supervision surrounding the President, was something that he didn’t quite enjoy.
‘It is a very nice prison. So, you don’t have the freedom of movement to be able to just take a walk, or to sit at a cafe, because there’s always this security concern around you. I don’t miss that.’
But Obama joked that now that he’s no longer President, the selfie issue hasn't gone away and he still has to deal with it.
Well, seeing that he was such a popular President and his popularity hasn't waned since leaving the White House, we can understand that he's still hounded for those precious selfies.
It must be a very abnormal experience having to live your life constantly surrounded by high level security.
What ordinary people take for granted, like making a quick turn at the shop or stepping out for a jog, becomes a highly organized security operation in itself.