While President Donald Trump is embroiled in controversy - with regularity - Barack and Michelle Obama are enjoying a less-harried lifestyle these days, at least according to the cover story in the new issue of People magazine.
According to the two sources, they came after a phone call between Obama and the new president-elect.
Tina Tchen, Michelle's former chief of staff, has openly discussed her surprise at the change: "There's a Secret Service agent out front and I'm looking at him and he says, 'No, you're at the right door.' And [Michelle] just opens the door".
Obama, who aggressively campaigned against Trump during the campaign but who has refrained from publicly criticizing him since the race, reportedly told two friends of his true feelings about Trump in early November, those people told the magazine.
During the eight years of Barack Obama's presidency there was little daily news, certainly no "breaking news", on CNN or NBC. Do you think they need to tone it down?
Ha! We'd LOVE to hear Barack's thoughts on the reality show/espionage thriller Trump has turned the Oval Office into.
Obama's friend said: "He's deeply concerned with what he's seen. But he's also optimistic and heartened that citizens aren't just watching it happen but engaging with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls", the source added. Since then, despite some public appearances and events here and there, Obama has largely kept out of the spotlight, leaving people to wonder how he feels about what's going on.
"I'm going all black for the next couple of years", she said, jokingly.
Speaking at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society, the former top prosecutor for President George W. Bush and a frequent Trump surrogate said Trump may have been oblivious to what he really doing by asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation drop its probe of former national security adviser Mike Flynn, Politico reported. CNN's Fareed Zakaria has claimed that Trump has succeeded only by "bullsh**ting".