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Cool Dad Job: Ex-President, Author Missing Book Deadlines

Last Cool Dad Achievement: Creating the Higher Ground production company to make shows and documentaries for Netflix.

Never has a former president looked so good in comparison to his successor. Obama’s legacy (remember that time he lifted the country out of the biggest financial crisis since the great depression?) can and should be questioned by those to both his right and his left. He was and is, after all, a world historical figure. That said, what’s hard to question is his character. While in office he behaved with uncommon grace, humor, and dignity. He was a model father, husband, and pick-up basketball player. Now that he’s less present in public life, it’s easier to see his cultural accomplishments — the ways in which he helped Americans feel and be better even as the partisanship of the modern era spiraled out of control.