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Obama hires agency for speaking gigs, lawyers for book deals

By on February 10, 2017

President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama, waves as they walk from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The Obama's were returning from New York where the president addressed the United Nations General Assembly for his final time as president. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FILE – President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama, waves as they walk from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have picked the prestigious agency that represents Bill Clinton, Mia Farrow and others to handle their post-White House speaking gigs.

Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis says the Harry Walker Agency will represent both Obamas for speaking appearances. It’s the same firm that recently resumed representing Hillary Clinton for her future speeches.

Lewis says the couple has tapped attorneys Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell to handle their contracts for books that both plan to write. Barnett has represented Obama on past book deals.

The Obamas haven’t yet set dates to release their books nor announced any scheduled speeches.

Vice President Joe Biden and wife, Jill Biden, have hired Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency to represent them but haven’t said what projects that might entail.

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