“I feel best when I am interacting with young, bright college minds,” said Obama. He said that after years of struggling with election-cycle pressures, congressional gridlock and international crises, teaching in Alabama would be “a breath of fresh air.”
Obama’s announcement could not come at a better time for Oakwood which has had to cut its workforce substantially as Adventist college enrollment suffers across the United States. As soon as Obama’s announcement became official it was relayed to faculty, staff and students in a memo titled “The Audacity of Hope.”
The president pledged to teach at Oakwood for free so as to not further strain the institution’s budget. Asked whether he and his family would be able to manage forfeiting the more lucrative career paths typically taken by former presidents, Obama smiled: “Yes, we can.”
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