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Obama to Make First Public Speech Since Leaving Washington

21 April 2017

Former President Barack Obama will return to the University of Chicago on Monday in his first public appearance since leaving office. Billed as "a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement", Obama will be talking with young leaders invited from Chicago-area schools, according to Friday's announcement.

The former president's press office announced today that Monday's event will align with his "post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world". Since turning over the White House to President Donald Trump in January, Obama has been living the high life and hanging out with celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks.

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Even as he witnesses President Trump's relentless and chaotic assault on his legacy, Mr. Obama remains stubbornly committed to the idea that there is only one president at a time. The appearance will focus on his commitment to young leaders, a center point of what the former president said he'd like to focus on after leaving office.

Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, told the Chicago Tribune that hundreds are expected to attend the address.

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The former president has made a decision to focus his energies on issues that will keep him from the limelight of cable-television and discussions at the Capitol Hill: civic engagement, the health of the planet, the need for diplomacy, civil rights and the development of a new generation of young American leaders. "We've got to hear from him", said Sarah Kovner, a New York City Democratic activist who raised more than $1 million for Mr. Obama's campaigns.

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Obama to Make First Public Speech Since Leaving Washington