Barack Obama to make first public speech since Donald Trump became president

David Millward
Former President Barack Obama accompanied by former first lady Michelle Obama leaves the National Gallery of Art in Washington - Jose Luis Magana /AP

Just over five months after leaving the White House, Barack Obama is to make his first public speech.

The former president is to hold a town hall style meeting with students from the University of Chicago, where he taught constitutional law.

Mr Obama will re-enter the political fray after several months of rest and relaxation including spending time with Sir Richard Branson on Necker, the tycoon's private paradise in the British Virgin Islands.

There have been sightings of Mr Obama in recent months including in New York City, where he was visiting his daughter, Malia.

Barack Obama is pictured during a kitesurfing session Credit: Jack Brockway/AFP

On leaving office Mr Obama did pledge to supporters that he would remain politically active, although he did not explain how.

The meeting will take place on Monday and will centre on community organising and civic engagement. 

Mr Obama cut his political teeth as a community organiser in Chicago, directing a voter registration drive known as “Project Vote.”

“The event is part of President Obama’s post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world,” the former president’s press office said in a statement.

The event, which will be televised, is not open to the general public. But students from other colleges have also been invited to the event.

According to the New York Times, Mr Obama is scheduled to make a number of paid speeches and also attend an awards ceremony in Boston.

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