He’s baaack. On Monday, former President Barack Obama will head back to his hometown of Chicago to give a speech to a group of young leaders on what he does best – community organizing.
After spending three months on luxury vacations in Palm Springs, on Sir Richard Branson’s posh private escape in the British Virgin Islands and at an exclusive resort in French Polynesia, Obama will give an address at the University of Chicago.
“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.
“The Monday town hall-style meeting with students at the University of Chicago will be followed by an awards ceremony in Boston; a series of public remarks as well as private paid speeches in the United States and Europe; and an appearance at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel”, according to the New York Times.
Although his supporters are eager for Obama to take the gloves off and directly attack President Trump – as he systematically eradicates most of the former president’s agenda – it’s likely he will stay mostly silent.
Instead Obama will focus on civic engagement, the health of the planet, the need for diplomacy, civil rights and the development of a new generation of young American leaders. While he may not be the face of the resistance to Trump, there’s little doubt that he will act aggressively behind the scenes as his legacy continues to be dismantled.
Obama did reach out to French presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday. Macron is the center-left candidate, and the leading contender to stop anti-immigration and populist candidate Marine Le Pen from winning in either Sunday’s first round or the subsequent runoff.