- Barack Obama made a refreshing return to public life yesterday
- His measured and thoughtful engagement reminded the world why people love him
- It was in stark contrast to Donald Trump's penchant for being dramatic
Former US President Barack Obama returned to public life on Monday, April 24 and reminded everyone just how much they loved him.
Obama looked relaxed in a smart casual outfit as he engaged with students at the University of Chicago in his first public engagement since completing his term as President in January.
He began his discussions with the students by jokingly asking: “So, uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?”
After brief remarks about how community organizing got him into politics, Obama mostly acted as moderator for the panel of students who shared their experiences in public life.
However, as he spoke, the contrast with President Donald Trump couldn't have been clearer. While Trump has a penchant for being dramatic, Obama was thoughtful and measured.
When asked what his next step would be, Obama told the audience of about 500 that he will focus on helping to prepare the next generation of American leaders from among young people.
He said: "The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world.”
He however made it clear that he will not comment directly on Donald Trump's presidency despite the latter's seemingly concerted effort to undo his legacy, including health care reform.
Obama remained optimist, however, and concluded: “There’s a reason why I’m always optimistic even when things are not going the way I want and that’s because of young people like this."
Watch his remarks at the event in the video below.
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