What Every President Did After Leaving the White House

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William J. Clinton
> Presidential term: 1993-2001
> Occupation after leaving office: Public speaker, political analyst

Bill Clinton has stayed active in public life giving paid speeches and through his William J. Clinton Foundation, the goal of which is to fight AIDS and help poor people. After leaving the White House, he wrote a memoir and oversaw the establishment of his presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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George W. Bush
> Presidential term: 2001-2009
> Occupation after leaving office: Amateur painter

George W. Bush has not been very politically active after leaving the White House. He occasionally gives paid speeches and has become an amateur painter.

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Barack Obama
> Presidential term: 2009-2017
> Occupation after leaving office: Public speaker

With the exception of a few policy-related pronouncements and supporting Joe Biden in his bid for president, Obama has remained mostly out of America’s political life. He has spent his time after leaving office writing a memoir, traveling, and giving paid public speeches.

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Donald Trump
> Presidential term: 2017-2021
> Occupation after leaving office: Businessman

After leaving office Donald Trump and his family relocated to Florida. He frequently plays golf and hosts Republican lawmakers at his members-only Mar-a-Lago Club.  He is currently a subject of several investigations, including one into his family real estate business. He is running for president again.

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