Ending a three-month period of silence since he left the White House on Jan. 20 – much of which was spent on vacation in Palm Springs, Calif., on a Caribbean island with English billionaire Richard Branson and at an exclusive resort in French Polynesia – former president Barack Obama will make the first public appearance of his post-presidency on Monday when he speaks at an event in his hometown of Chicago, his office said.
According to a statement issued by his office, Obama will participate in a town hall-style discussion with young people on “community organizing and civic engagement” at the University of Chicago, near the site of his planned presidential library. “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,” his office said in a statement.
The event is the beginning of Obama’s reentry into public life, the Hill notes.
The Chicago town hall comes just days before Trump’s 100th day in office, but according to sources cited by The Hill, Obama isn’t expected to use his events to go after his successor.