Former President Obama To Appear In Public Stage For The First Time At UChicago ForumBy Emily Marks
Former President of the United States Barack Obama will be appearing in public stage for the first time since he left office. On Monday, he will be speaking at a University of Chicago forum.
The audience of the forum will be a group of politically diverse students from high school age to those in graduate school. The 44th president will lead the forum.
According to NBC News, people should not expect Obama to criticize current President Donald Trump. His advisers said that he will instead advocate for his own administration's policies such as the Affordable Care Act.
It was noted that students will not be censored if they discuss Trump. It includes one self-identified Republican and others who described themselves as Democrats or progressives.
Sources claimed that Obama has not communicated with Trump since he left office but expects to be a resource if sought out. They clarified that the lack of contact between the two leaders should not imply that there is anything bad about their relationship.
The event is not sponsored by Obama's presidential foundation. The former president is coming as an individual and is working with the University of Chicago.
The current administration has been vocal in its efforts to retract Obama-era policies. First it was the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act and, recently, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of the Department of Education, has withdrawn a series of policy memos developed by the Obama administration.
NBC Chicago reported that former President Obama will be discussing community organizing and civic engagement with "young leaders from area schools." The event will start at 11 a.m. at the school's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
The discussion is invitation-only but a television feed will be provided. The event is part of the former President's post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world.