It’s a big week for former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. They have been in relative seclusion since leaving office. with the focus of their time spent primarily on an island in the South Pacific writing their books. If you remember back in March, they signed a book deal with Penguin Random House that will give the couple a reported $60 million for both of their books. In fact, in the video below, it’s possible that the deal was done together because Michelle’s book may have received more interest and money than the former president’s. The joint deal was meant to save Obama from any potential embarrassment.
The presidential couple has left island living for the city of Chicago where President Obama is set to speak to young community organizers at an event at the University of Chicago on Monday. This will be his first major post-presidency speech. On Sunday, he sat down at a round table discussion with at-risk youth from the city’s CRED program (Create Real Economic Destiny). This is an organization located in the Roseland/Pullman neighborhood
On Sunday, he sat down at a roundtable discussion with at-risk youth from the city’s CRED program (Create Real Economic Destiny). CRED is an organization located in the Roseland/Pullman neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, where Obama started as a community organizer at the age of 25. The CRED program provides job skills and employment opportunities for at-risk young adults.
A spokesperson for the organization, Kevin Lewis, said that the former president listened to the young men’s stories and shared some of the challenges that he faced growing up. Lewis said that Obama “was optimistic about their potential to positively contribute to their communities and support their families because of the services provided in the program.” The CRED program was founded by Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, who also attended the meeting. Kevin Lewis continued, “The president and Mrs. Obama look forward to working with similar organizations through the Obama Foundation and the My Brother’s Keeper initiative that are already committed to bringing much-needed expansion of opportunities in Chicago neighborhoods.”
Former president Obama also asked the youth for advice on how they think gang and gun violence can be reduced in Chicago. Several of the young men shared how they aspired to help reduce the violence so prevalent in their city.
What do you think about the reemergence of the Obamas just as President Trump is finishing his first 100 days?
Credit: The Hill