Playtime is over: Here’s a peek into Obama’s working schedule for the coming month

Holiday is about to be over for Mr Barack Obama (does it not feel weird referring to our favourite POTUS as some Mr?).

The 44th President of the United States has been under the political radar since the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20. He and wife, Michelle have taken vacation trips from California to the British Virgin Islands where he kitesurfed with billionaire, Richard Branson.

All that fun will be wrapped up this weekend as Barack Obama will return to his hometown, Chicago on Monday. He will be at the University of Chicago where he will engage young people in a town-hall style discussion on “community organizing and civic engagement”. The Chicago meet will be Mr Obama’s first post-presidency public appearance.

Paid speeches are some of the things that characterize the lives of former US presidents. Bill Clinton received from $200,000 upwards from speaking engagements in the years after his presidency. That Barack Obama is an awe-inspiring orator is no longer news so speculations that he’ll be delving into this career path have now been sealed.

In May, Mr Obama will be jetting off to Boston where he will pick up the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. At the black-tie dinner afterwards, Obama will deliver a speech based on the theme of courage and what it means in today’s world.

Also in May, Obama will travel to Italy where he will deliver another speech at the Global Food Innovation Summit. Here he will touch on climate change and food sources. In the same month, he will give another speech at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. He will deliver other paid speeches in other events in Italy and Germany.

Mr Barack Obama will also engage in a private conversation with historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin for the employees of the A&E television network.

His speeches will border on topics including climate change, civil rights, civic engagement and the development of a new generation of young American leaders. He will decidedly be staying away from topics that concern Donald Trump and his administration.

[Read more about Obama’s decision not to criticise or comment on Trump here]


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