Former President Obama made his first public appearance since leaving the executive office while attending and moderating a panel with young people at the University of Chicago. The event was centered around community engagement. While participating at the collegiate event President Obama tried his best to side step any pointed questions regarding his successor Donald Trump and his Administrations actions as the current executive branch in power. Since leaving the Presidency Barack Obama and his wife have been going on vacations and have taken in many Broadway shows as a way to re-cooperate from the stress that came with being the President of the United States’ the last eight years. Likewise, former President Barack Obama has also used this time to start authoring his presidential memoirs.

While moderating the event at the University of Chicago Barack Obama stated, “I’m spending a lot of time thinking about what is the most important thing I can do for my next job….The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way I can to prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world”(NPR). Therefore, it seems that Obama’s next profession will be to assist in developing young civic leaders at the college level become prepared to become the next leaders of the American Society. Furthermore, even though his return to the public eye was not a political heavy discussion base event he did offer his take stating that the United States is very much divided between the famed red and blue states that we have came accustom to seeing on the electoral map during presidential elections. However, Obama did state that he still fully has confidence in his previous comments that were stated in his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address, which was that basically there is no red nor blue states, which are the colors designated to Democratic (Blue) and Republican (Red) states.

Moreover, Obama also reminisced about his time as a young man working as a community organizer in Chicago prior to attending law school and becoming a Constitutional Law Professor at the University of Chicago. Likewise, Obama did voice that the one of the most important and impact-full lesson he took from volunteering as a community organizer was that  when a group of normal everyday concerned individuals come together they can and have the power to create change.

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