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Obama avoids criticizing Trump in First Major Appearance since leaving Office




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Barack Obama made his first major appearance since leaving the White House three months ago on Monday. Speaking at the University of Chicago where he was hosted to an event, he avoided criticizing his successor, disappointing anyone who was hoping for a clash between the ex-president and President Donald Trump. The highly anticipated appearance happened just days after Trump marked his 100 days in office.

In a nearly 90-minute forum, Obama laid out lessons he learned as a young community organizer in Chicago decades ago and vowed to help bring up the next generation of leaders.

I’m spending a lot of time thinking about what is the most important thing I can do for my next job. 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 word.” Obama said.
Obama, 55, reflected on the fact that when he came to Chicago more than 30 years ago as a 25-year-old, he was filled with idealism and absolute certainty that somehow he was going to change the world. He later joked that the famous line from his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004:
there are not red states or blue states, but that there is rather one united country was an aspirational comment”.
Trump, a Republican, has said he “inherited a mess” and accused Obama in March, without providing evidence, of wiretapping his 2016 presidential campaign. Obama has denied the charge and FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing he had seen no evidence to support the allegation.

Obama said it had long been his goal to bridge the country’s deep political divide, he said:

It’s harder and harder to find common ground because of the money in politics. Special interests dominate the debates in Washington in ways that don’t match up with what the broad majority of Americans feel,”.

On Sunday, as part of a program to help at-risk young people, Obama met privately with men from Chicago’s troubled South Side to discuss solutions for the violence and joblessness that have marked that neighbourhood.

The Obamas are also busy working on their memoirs after landing a deal with Penguin Random House worth $65 million. The couple plans to live in Washington until their younger daughter, Sasha, graduates high school in 2019. Obama is also slated to appear with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in May and is due to accept an award in Boston prior to that.


  1. Stephen Ron Wells

    April 25, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Criticise trump for?
    Wat did obama do in 8 years? ZERO
    Trump got only few months.

    • jokobaba

      April 25, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Obama did zero in 8 years? You only need to be alive to be aware of some of his achievements. Reducing the number of uninsured through expansion of medicaid under the affordable care act; saving the auto industry following the financial crisis; the Iran nuclear deal; Paris climate agreement; unemployment rate of less than 5% on leaving office; killing Osama bin laden; gas price less than 2.5 dollars in leaving office. Then you can talk about the social issues such as marriage equality. I think you watch fox news too much or you are not paying attention to what is happening. Everyone expected Obama to do more, but considering the obstructionist posture of the republicans for 6 years of his stay in office, boy, he achieved a lot.

  2. ec

    April 25, 2017 at 7:24 am

    that’s because between the two, Obama is the adult

  3. Mama

    April 25, 2017 at 9:12 am

    BN there was evidence of wire tapping by the Obama administration, please get your fact right.
    Dems came out to say it was accidental…

    • ec

      April 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      actually there was no evidence of that. there was only evidence of russian interference

    • Diamond

      April 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Leave BN with their bias… Pro-Clinton blog, dunno their interest in US politics. Or benefits with Democrats.

      Okay, the Russian interference allegations was all noise and tantrums.

  4. john

    April 25, 2017 at 9:38 am

    obama is a flop..he has nothing to say ..he was a very weak president.. he was only the president of gays and feminists..nothing else ..he achieved nothing but just talk..even the black community was worse off in his regime..he should go and sit down

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