Former President Barack Obama to Facilitate University of Chicago Forum
We’ve missed you, Mr. Obama!
Former president Barack Obama will take center stage once again in his hometown at the University of Chicago in a forum for high school and college students. This will be his first speech post-presidency.
The forum will feature six students, whom he has not met, from various political backgrounds. While it has been noted that Obama will refrain from any criticism towards our current Commander-In-Chief, others participating in the forum will not be censored.
It has been reported that although Obama has not had contact with Trump since he left office, there are no ill feelings. Rather, Obama and wife Michelle are continuing their platform of community improvement. This event is to take as Trump nears his 100-day mark of the presidency.
The forum, as well as previous meetings where Obama spoke with young, “at risk” men, are facilitated personally by the 44th president and not funded by his presidential foundation. Obama is acting as an individual in an ongoing effort to reduced violence, poverty, and lack of education in his and other communities. And they are in good hands, as he served as a community organizer for the South Side of Chicago prior to his presidential term.
The meeting, which took place on April 23, 2017, featured youth from the program Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny, or CRED, a program designed to promote job skills and employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth. The program, which was founded by Arne Duncan, Obama’s education secretary, is one of many organizations that the president looks forward to working with.
Although he no longer serves as the highest-ranking official in the world, Mr. Obama continues to carve his legacy of uplifting and promoting black excellence. We look forward to the outcome of the upcoming event.