In his first public address since leaving the White House, former President Obama spoke at an event on the University of Chicago campus Monday.
“What’s been going on while I’ve been gone?” he quipped as he joined a group of students on the stage.
He reminded them that it was a little over 30 years ago when he first came to Chicago, fresh out of college, with the goal to change the world, and became a “community organizer” for three years.
He said although he did not get much accomplished with his community organizing, “it did change me,” and “it gave me the foundation for my subsequent political career.”
Obama stated that for his “next job,” his mission is now to help “prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and take their own crack at changing the world.”
Without mentioning President Trump’s name, he took a crack at him, claiming that there is a “further gap between who’s governing us and what we believe.”
Obama claimed that because of “political gerrymandering,” the political parties have moved further and further apart and special interests in Washington “don’t match up with the way the broad majority of Americans feel.”
He made it clear that he’s going after the youth in America to encourage them to become more involved, to create “pathways for them to take leadership,” and to knock down barriers that prevent them from becoming more involved.
Below is a clip from the speech:
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