Who says you can’t go home again?
After months of speculation about what Obama’s post-presidency would entail, we finally have our answer. No, he’s not going to start an impressive project that will salvage his name if not his presidency (as Carter did with the Carter Work Project tied to Habitat for Humanity). No, he’s not going to be Secretary General of the U. N., and no, he’s not going to retire gracefully from public life, maybe write yet another memoir or two.
Nope, Obama is going back to his community organizing roots and attending an event at the University of Chicago “for a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement.”
Former President Barack Obama will make his first public appearance Monday, hosting an event on civic engagement on his old stomping grounds at the University of Chicago.
The event, open to the public but with limited tickets, will bring together younger leaders and students “for a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement.”
. . . . “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,” the event program states.
I was never convinced that Obama really wanted to be president, so this return to community organizing is not particularly surprising. This event is right up his alley in that he’ll be waffling on about himself.
The focus on younger leaders will be a significant part of his post-presidency, much of which is still being formulated. According to people familiar with the plans, Obama will talk about how people like those who are part of the event inspired him to get into politics when he was a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune reminds us of Obama’s roots in the Chicago area.
The event will be a homecoming for Obama on multiple levels. He formerly taught constitutional law at U. of C., and his family has a home nearby in the Kenwood neighborhood. He gave his farewell address in January in the city that launched his political career. And the discussion with students lets the former president, who came to Chicago to work as a young community organizer, fulfill one of the commitments he set out for his post-presidential years: to engage and work with the country’s next generation of leaders, Lewis said.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Obama has been writing the latest of his memoirs. This will be the 55-year-old Obama’s third memoir; the first two were Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope.DONATE
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