Barack Obama Announces First Public Appearance Since Leaving White House

Barack Obama will make the first public appearance of his post-presidency life on Monday.

Obama will join young leaders to discuss community organizing and civic engagement at the University of Chicago, the school where he once was a law professor. The former president began his career as a community organizer on the city’s South Side and is in the process of building his presidential library there.

“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,” Obama’s office said in a statement, adding that students from schools in the Chicago area had been invited to the event.

The former commander in chief has kept a low profile since leaving office in January. He spent time on an island in the South Pacific working on his memoir and learned how to kitesurf with businessman Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.

Obama’s reemergence into public life comes as President Donald Trump nears his first 100 days in office. In January, Obama issued a statement encouraging demonstrations in response to Trump’s Muslim ban. He also denied his successor’s claim that he had wiretapped Trump tower.

Before leaving office, Obama said he would speak out when he believed “core values” were at risk.

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