It struck me last night as I was thinking of Obama’s remarks about appointing a new justice for the Supreme Court in opposition to Republican demands that it wait for the next president, that the character of Dr. Conspiracy is tied to the presidency of Barack Obama and that we are both in the winding-down phase of our respective roles.
The term “lame duck” originally referred to someone who financially defaults in the stock market, but it was later used in politics for someone who is serving out his term after an election, inspired by a quotation possibly by Abraham Lincoln: “[A] senator or representative out of business is sort of a lame duck. He has to be provided for.”
Obama will get his pension starting when he leaves office. Despite rumors on the Internet, US presidents do not get their full salary as a pension—their pension equals the pay of the head of an executive department of the government, which for 2015 would be $203,700 per year. I, of course, don’t get paid for blogging, so my finances won’t change as a consequence of the end of active publishing here at Obama Conspiracy Theories, come January 20, 2017. We will both have to figure out what to do with our time. I will be president of a local civic organization in 2017, and I have already started devoting significant time to Habitat for Humanity, so I think I am for the large part set.
The more pressing problem is relevance. While I think the promised Republican obstructionism on the Supreme Court is despicable, it still will be difficult for Obama to push through any major initiatives. I really don’t anticipate anything to happen in the real world that this blog will influence. Birthers are not all that interesting any more—just a little less of the same. All of that said, Obama is still president and I am still Dr. Conspiracy, and we will both [preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and do our jobs to the best of our ability while we have them.