In first public appearance after leaving presidency, Barack Obama says “So uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?”

Former President Barack Obama in his first public appearance since leaving the Oval Office talked with students about his experiences as a community organizer in Chicago and how that laid the foundation for his political career.

At the event, Barack Obama said that young people are the key to solving the nation's most daunting problems and his plan after holding the nation's highest office is to work with them. (Associated Press)

Former President Barack Obama in his first public appearance since leaving the Oval Office talked with students about his experiences as a community organizer in Chicago and how that laid the foundation for his political career. His first public engagement since then comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office. Obama led a student panel Monday at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. Roughly 500 people, mostly college students, attended the invitation-only event. The event is being billed as part of his post-presidency goal to “encourage and support the next generation of leaders.”

Starting off the event in an irreverent manner, according to The Hill, Obama asked with a smile, “So uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?”

The Hill further quoted the former president as saying, “It is wonderful to be home, it is wonderful to be at the University of Chicago, it is wonderful to be on the South Side of Chicago and it is wonderful to be with these young people here.”

At the event, Obama said that young people are the key to solving the nation’s most daunting problems and his plan after holding the nation’s highest office is to work with them. He delivered brief remarks at the event before asking students on the panel about what influenced them.

According to a statement, Obama listened to what the students were saying and gave his encouragement to their endeavours.

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