The Obamas want to be talent scouts for the Democratic Party

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be transitioning from being players to coaches.

The soon-to-be former president and ex-first lady plan to stay involved in the Democratic Party — and, in an interview with NPR, are now pledging to develop talent as scouts and coaches.

“I’m less likely to get involved in all the nuts and bolts of electioneering. In that realm, I’m much more likely to just give advice,” President Obama said in the radio interview.

“What I am interested in is just developing a whole new generation of talent,” he said, citing people who worked on his campaign and “issues like climate change or conservation, criminal justice reform, you know, campaigns for a livable wage, or health insurance.”

Obama said he’ll be joined in his effort by his wife.

“That’s something that I think I can do well, I think Michelle can do well. That’s part of what makes me optimistic about our future because I know those young people are out there ready to lead, and when they start moving into more and more positions of authority, then I think the issues that I care most deeply about are going to be well served,” he said.

Asked whether he’ll be focused on finding talent and building a Democratic bench, Obama said, “Well, not only a talent scout but I think also, you know, a coach, a friend, somebody who can build on the incredible work that has already been done by young people and that to a large degree was responsible for getting me elected.”

The Obamas will be in office until Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. The first family is currently in Hawaii on a two-week family vacation.