Obama will host a town hall next week in his hometown at the University of Chicago centered 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 former president’s office said in a statement today.
Obama’s comeback speech falls just inside his successor’s first 100 days in office.
The Democrat has been mostly quiet since leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on the heels of Donald Trump’s shock win over his preferred replacement, Hillary Clinton.
He has spent much of the three months on vacation. The 55-year-old ex-president has only just returned from French Polynesia, where he was reportedly working on his memoir.
The Obamas technically live in Washington, D.C. still, having decided to remain in the capital city until their younger daughter finishes high school. They are expected to return to Chicago after that.
Obama’s library is being built on Chicago’s South Side and is scheduled to open in 2020.
Since he exited office, Obama has weighed in from time-to-time on subjects like healthcare in statements sent out by his office.
He yesterday called a leading French presidential candidate who’s considered a moderate. His office has said the phone call to Emmanuel Macron – competing against a right-wing candidate, Marine Le Pen, in the mold of Trump – should not be considered an endorsement.
Aside from those actions and a handful of tweets, Obama has stayed out of the way as Trump set fire to his signature achievements. His last tweet was nearly a month ago, on March 23, and it was to share condolences to the people of London after the city’s terror attack.
Obama has done no television interviews, and Monday will be his first time delivering remarks since a goodbye to his staff on the afternoon of Jan. 20.