Barack Obama to make first post-White House appearance Monday


Former President Barack Obama is set to return to public life. After weeks away from the spotlight, which reportedly included spending time on a yacht with Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey, Obama will make his first public appearance since leaving the White House on Monday in Chicago.

The event is set to be a "conversation on community organizing and civic engagement" at Obama's old stomping grounds at the University of Chicago.

The televised speech will be Obama's first public appearance since leaving office and since President Donald Trump has succeeded him.

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However, the speech is likely not strictly political in nature. The event program states, "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."

Before entering politics, Obama worked as a community organizer in the Chicago area near to the university where he will speak on Monday.

The Obama's have for the most part stayed away from commenting politically since exiting the White House in January, but their vacation escapades are constantly in the headlines. In March photos surfaced of the former president and first lady Michelle Obama having brunch with U2 singer Bono in New York City.

According to reports, in April the Obamas, Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks all spent some serious time together on a yacht in the South Pacific.

The 44th president of the United States did make headlines Thursday when he waded into the presidential election in France by calling Emmanuel Macron, the leader of the French social liberal party En Marche.