President Obama has been quiet publicly since leaving office at the end of last year. Despite constant attacks from Trump, he’s kept his cool – and his low profile.
Domestically, President Obama has mostly spent his post-election time and effort on fighting gerrymandering and other problems that undermine democracy in our nation.
Currently, Obama is on a three-nation trip, headed to China, France, and India. On his trip, he’ll be meeting with multiple world leaders. The Washington Post reports,
‘Obama opened his trip Tuesday in Shanghai, where he held private meetings and spoke at a trade summit. On Wednesday, he will participate in an education summit in Beijing and meet with Xi.
‘In a news release, Obama’s office said the former president had “forged a close and cooperative partnership with President Xi on issues ranging from growing the global economy to combating climate change, and he looks forward to catching up with his former counterpart.”
‘In New Delhi on Thursday, Obama is scheduled to speak at the HT Media Leadership Summit and meet with Modi. On Friday, Obama will hold a town-hall-style event for the Obama Foundation with an estimated 280 young leaders from across India, his office said.
‘“The Town Hall will expand the conversation about what it means to be an active citizen and to promote positive change,” Obama’s office said.’
President Obama has been holding similar events throughout the world via the Obama Foundation. The Times of India reports:
‘Recognising the strength of the country’s below-35 “engaged and passionate generation”, it credited these citizens with “finding innovative ways to create positive change across India – change that benefits the world.”
‘”President Obama believes that countries are strongest when we empower our young people – because ultimately, they’re the ones who will shape our future,” said Bernadette Meehan, Executive Director of International Programs at the foundation.
‘The event in India comes after similar programmes were held in Germany, Indonesia, and Brazil, this year.’
While Trump is on Twitter-feuding with NFL players, golfing, and stomping around the White House having tizzy fits over negative news coverage of his incompetent administration, President Obama is working to improve the world and promote American values around the globe. It’s a testament to the difference between these two men. While many expected a “pivot” to come from Trump once in office, he’s never shown a degree of professionalism. Meanwhile, President Obama has continued to show grace and honor even outside of office.
The Obama Foundation promotes civic engagement and youth leadership around the world. From the mission statement:
‘Our mission is to inspire and empower people to change their world.
‘From leaders who are already making an impact, to people who are interested in becoming more involved, but don’t know where to start, our goal is to make our programs accessible to anyone, anywhere. We’ll equip civic innovators, young leaders, and everyday citizens with the skills and tools they need to create change in their communities.’
That’s a far cry from using it for tax purposes and to steal money from children with cancer (looking at you, Trumps).
You can watch Barack and Michelle Obama speak about the foundation below, as well as Britain’s Prince Harry:
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