Obama to host global summit in Chicago

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Although remaining quiet on most day-to-day political hot button issues, President Obama has re-entered the national political discussion when critical issues arise.

After Republicans tried and failed to reform Obamacare - an effort the GOP-led Congress is renewing - the ex-president spoke up. Just recently he denounced President Donald Trump's decision to kill DACA, the program Obama instituted to protect undocumented immigrants brought to America when then were children, by their parents.

The Obama team is also hard at work preparing for the presidential center, which plans indicate is set to cover some 200,000 square feet and cost about $500 million. Over the last nine months, the Foundation has been soliciting input from people in Chicago, all over the country, and around the world to learn about what's working in your communities and to identify barriers to civic participation. "During this inaugural Summit, hundreds of leaders from around the world will come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world".

Obama said people have written to him through his foundation and said they are ready to embrace the kind of citizenship that makes democracy work.

Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a series of events to kick off the civics programming for his presidential center before construction starts next year.

"We read your letters, your emails, and your submissions to Obama.org", he said. We're inviting incredible young leaders who are passionate about social change and civic engagement to apply to attend.

Obama then explained the reason for the summit.

"We want to inspire and empower people to change the world", Obama says at the end of his video message. No matter if you're from a rural town or a big city, we want to hear about the positive impact you're having in your community, and why you should join us in Chicago.

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