Obama’s First Public Appearance Since Leaving White House Scheduled for Monday


Author: Sam Dorman

Former President Barack Obama will return to the University of Chicago on Monday in his first public appearance since leaving office.

He is scheduled to host an event “on community organizing and civic engagement” with young leaders and students as part of his goal to encourage a new generation of leaders after his presidency.

Monday’s visit will not be “explicitly political,” according to Politico, but sources familiar with Obama’s visit reportedly said the former president would recall how as a community organizer in Chicago he was inspired by people like those attending the event.

“This event is part of President Obama’s post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world,” the event program reads.

The event, open to the public but with limited tickets, will mark the first time Obama visited the campus since 2016, when he made a failed push to appoint a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama also gave a farewell address in Chicago in which he emphasized “being an active citizen” just before leaving office.

As a state senator in Illinois, Obama represented the neighborhood where the University of Chicago’s campus is located. He also previously taught as a professor at the university’s law school.

Since leaving office, Obama began working on his memoirs and vacationed with celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks.

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