Obamas sign with agency for speaking gigs

Former President and first lady Barack and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama joins stars in launch of voter registration push The Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Michelle Obama launches voter registration initiative ahead of midterms: report MORE have signed with the high-profile Harry Walker Agency to arrange speaking gigs, according to an Obama spokesman.

"President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEx-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ Trump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage MORE 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 ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDem senator ties Kavanaugh confirmation vote to Trump-Putin controversy Don't place all your hopes — or fears — on a new Supreme Court justice Why did it take so long for Trump to drain the swamp of Pruitt? MORE, former Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreAl Gore warns of 'ominous' record-breaking heat Colbert to Kennedy on retirement: Don't tell me your mind's going because 'you never had one!' Budowsky: Obama remains AWOL for Dems MORE and former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFreedom Caucus members see openings in leadership Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups MORE

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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 ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE.

No dates are currently set for any speaking engagements or book releases.