Former president Barack Obama will show up in Chicago on Monday, making his first public appearance since he left the White House. His arrival in Illinois is scheduled just days before Donald Trump marks his 100th day in office.
The Democrat will meet with some young folks at the University of Chicago, in a town-hall-style event, with community organizing and civic engagement as prime subjects of debate, says The Washington Post.
Obama, looking for the new leaders
The meeting is part of an extensive plan that encourages and supports the next generation of leaders, people who are driven by strengthening communities around the U.S. and the world. Besides his trip to Chicago, Obama will travel to Boston next month to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and to Germany’s capital Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
It’s been three months since the 55-years old politician left the White House, but Barack Obama generally spoke so little about his successor and his actions. Some would recall that in his final days in office, America’s first black President expressed appreciation that his predecessor, George W. Bush, chose a discreet exit and that he refused to play an active political role.
With this thing in mind, Obama probably will visit Chicago without having the role of a leader of the Democratic resistance to President Trump, although the mogul accused him of ordering a wiretap on Trump Tower during last year’s election campaign.
Not a fan of Donald Trump’s work until now
Sure, this doesn’t mean that the former President will stay put no matter what Trump does. Obama objected towards the businessman’s efforts to ban people from several majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States, and defended the Affordable Care Act last month when the Trump White House and House Republicans unsuccessfully attended to create a bill to eliminate the law.