WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama will speak Monday in Chicago to young community leaders and organizers at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned.
Obama's first public engagement comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office next week.
Even as he witnesses President Donald Trump's relentless and chaotic assault on his legacy, Obama remains stubbornly committed to the idea that there is only one president at a time, according to the New York Times. Those closest to him say the former president does not intend to confront Trump directly on immigration, health care, foreign policy or the environment during any of his events.
The news release announcing the event says Obama's post-presidential goal is "to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world."
Obama's aides say he will also not criticize Trump in his private paid speeches. The aides would not say how much Obama will be paid per speech, but former President Bill Clinton averaged more than $200,000 per speech between 2001 and 2015.
Students from schools in and around Chicago are invited to attend.