After months of staying under the radar, ex-president Barack Obama has finally returned to the spotlight. Barack Obama’s term ended back in January this year. Before leaving the White House, he penned a heartfelt letter to new president Donald Trump and offered words of wisdom.
“This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years,” he wrote. In the letter, he underlined 3 important goals for the new president: sustaining international order, building ladders of success and maintaining democratic institutions and traditions. Of course, he also wrote that Trump must find the time for friends in family, as they would “get him through rough patches”.
Trump’s administration, however, has done exactly the opposite. Recently, Barack Obama wrote a few statements on the recent controversies with the new administration. “Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally – it’s a political decision and a moral question,” Obama said on the DACA phaseout.
This hasn’t been the first public statement released by Obama since leaving his seat. The Obamas have kept off grid until September, when the Obama Foundation announced a 2-day summit for civic leaders.
The summit was first hinted at during the Obamas’ parting video. “The Obama Foundation will be a living, working startup for citizenship — an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century. We are based on the South Side of Chicago and will have projects all over the city, the country, and the world.”
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From October 31 to November 1, the summit will be held in Chicago. There are more than 7000 attendees applied to attend, and in the newest video, the ex-president outlined the summit’s goals. “One of the things you told us is how much you want to hear from one another. From folks who aren’t like you, who live in different places, and are tackling unique challenges of their own,” he said. He also underlined the importance of hard work to shed some light on important issues. “What makes me so hopeful — so optimistic — is that so many of you have shown up, dived in, and embraced the kind of active citizenship that makes our democracy work,” Obama said.
The Trump administration has divided America, and many Americans are not so sure about president Trump. Despite the bad state of the country, Obama said that we now need to trust in ourselves more than ever. “When I left office in January, I asked of you the same thing I asked of you way back in 2008. Believe not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours.”
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