CHICAGO, IL — Former US president Barack Obama Barack Obama has scheduled his first public event since leaving office.
He will travel to Chicago on Monday for a gathering with young people.
The event is described as a “conversation on civic engagement” with “young leaders,” according to Kevin Lewis, an Obama spokesman.
His office said the event was part of the former president’s “post-presidency goal”, as he had pledged to “encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world”.
Rhe release from the former president’s office stated.
“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.”
Tickets to the speaking engagement were handed out to hundreds of people selected from area universities — such as Northwestern, Chicago State and Loyola — as well as groups dealing with minority issues, the Chicago Tribune’s Clout Street reports.
Mr Obama has pledged to stay silent on political issues and the current administration unless he feels compelled to get involved because of the severity of the situation.
Earlier this week, Mr Obama attended the funeral of former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, which was held in Pittsburgh.
The former president will stay in Chicago for several days after the event, according to the Tribune.
Obama’s first international appearance since leaving the White House will be in Milan, where he will speak May 9 at the Global Food Innovation Summit, reports the Times.