Following the inauguration of Donald Trump, former President Obama slipped out of the public eye and took an extended vacation. Obama’s post-presidency life has been low key, an approach also favored by George W. Bush. For a lot of us, it has been a welcome reprieve after eight years of failed policies.
Of course, Obama couldn’t handle staying out of the limelight for long. While a lot of his work since leaving office has been done behind the scenes, the former president has announced his plans to return to the public eye.
Barack Obama is returning to public life next week following a lengthy post-presidential vacation. Since turning over the White House to President Donald Trump in January, Obama has been living the high life and hanging out with celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks.
On Monday, Obama will make his first public appearance since leaving office, returning to his roots at the University of Chicago for a town-hall style event with students
From there, Obama looks to be following the path of many former influential figures by hitting the paid speech circuit:
Over the next four weeks, Obama will give several private paid speeches in the U.S. and Europe, according to the New York Times. The former president is also scheduled to appear with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Brandenburg Gate.
Perhaps surprisingly, those close to the former president do not anticipate him heavily confronting President Trump:
Even as he witnesses President Trump’s relentless and chaotic assault on his legacy, Mr. Obama remains stubbornly committed to the idea that there is only one president at a time. Those closest to him say the former president does not intend to confront Mr. Trump directly on immigration, health care, foreign policy or the environment during any of his events.
Obama has indicated in the past that he doesn’t believe in fighting between presidents. Still, with a huge midterm election right around the corner, it’s hard to see him staying silent for too long. Since taking office, President Trump has been waging an all out assault on Obama’s legacy, something the former president cannot be pleased with.
Like all good things, this too was bound to come to an end. Just three months after leaving office, we’re about to get a steady diet of Obama over the coming months. Hope you enjoyed the break while it lasted!
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]