Barack Obama returns to the fray in Chicago with first speech since stepping down as president: live 

24 Apr

    • Obama leading panel discussion with students as the first public event of his post-presidential life
    • Event held at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library will be established
    • Obama has since January been on holiday with Sir Richard Branson and on an island writing his book
    • Speech expected to be first of many, paid and unpaid

    Barack Obama is holding his first public event since stepping down from the presidency, with a panel discussion at the University of Chicago.

    Mr Obama is seated between six students, and is moderating a discussion about encouraging young people into politics.

    “What is it that prompted you to get involved?” he asked. “And what is preventing your friends from doing so?”

    Mr Obama began by speaking about his political start as a community organiser in Chicago – a job he took, he said, without really understanding what the title meant.

    He credited Chicago with his political formation.

    The former president has kept a low profile since Donald Trump took over the White House on January 20.

    He immediately left the US for a holiday with Sir Richard Branson on his Necker island, and was pictured learning to kite surf.

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