Former President Barack Obama will give the first public remarks of his post-presidency in his adopted hometown of Chicago on Monday.
The 44th president is slated to speak with young leaders at an event at the University of Chicago. It is being billed by his office as a “conversation on community organizing and civic engagement.” It is also a part of Obama’s goal to “encourage and support the next generation of leaders.”
As reported by CNN, his adviser has said issues on the top of Obama’s mind these days include Obamacare, foreign policy and climate change.
In the final stretch of the 2016 election, Obama actively was campaigning for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. More than five months after Clinton lost Obama is still not interested in taking center stage on politics, an adviser told CNN.
The adviser said:
he’s going to be more of an adviser behind the scenes and not necessarily be in the forefront right now. At a given time, when it’s appropriate and necessary, he’ll be out there. But not right now.
Obama is also sensitive to creating space for and supporting his former administration officials in their new endeavors, including former Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who is working to mentor young leaders, and former Attorney General Eric Holder, who is focused on redistricting.