Barack Obama will soon be speaking for the first time post-presidency, according to his office. After staying out of the public eye for three months, Obama is set to speak at an event in his hometown of Chicago on Monday.
His appearance comes shortly before Trump’s 100th day in office.
According to Obama’s office, Monday’s discussion before young adults at the University of Chicago will be on “community organizing and civic engagement.” This is where the former president also plans to have his presidential library.
“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,” his office said in a statement.
Also on his schedule is a trip to Boston next month where he plans to accept the John F. Kennedy “Profile In Courage” award. Obama’s office added he will be meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin within the next few months.
According to sources at The Hill, the former president doesn’t plan to feed the fire of the anti-Trump sentiment during any of his speeches.
“It’s not in anyone’s interest … for [Obama] to become the face of the resistance or narrate the Trump presidency,” one person said earlier this month. “He’s acutely aware that when he speaks, he sucks up all the oxygen, and that suppresses the next generation of leaders from rising.”
However, Obama has recently issued statements applauding protests against Trump’s travel ban, in addition to defending his healthcare law. Just this Thursday, he also spoke with French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, but his office said the conversation did not end with an endorsement.
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