Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have signed with the high-profile Harry Walker Agency to arrange speaking gigs, according to an Obama spokesman. This is a normal route for former presidents to take, and hopefully we’ll be seeing books from them soon.
“President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama have selected the Harry Walker Agency (HWA) to coordinate their respective speaking engagements,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement.
It is common for former presidents and other high-profile government officials to sign with a speaking agency after they leave office. HWA also represents former President Bill Clinton, former Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Al Gore and former House Speaker John Boehner.
Books and speeches can be very lucrative for the former first couple.
Back in Washington after a post-presidential vacation that took Obama to California and to the British Virgin Islands, the former president worked out of his new office in Chicago for the first time on Feb. 3.
Lewis also announced that the Obamas would manage contract negotiations for possible book deals with Washington, D.C.-based attorneys Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell. Barnett has represented a number of prominent clients, including former President George W. Bush and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
No dates are currently set for any speaking engagements or book releases.