Barack Obama to make first public speech post-presidency
The event at the University of Chicago was billed by his office as a 'conversation on community organising and civic engagement' and a part of Obama's goal to 'encourage and support the next generation of leaders'.
Obama is slated to speak with young leaders in his adopted hometown of Chicago. Three hundred students from universities around the Chicago area were invited to attend the event.
Obama would take the stage with six students, and while they would ask questions of one another, they were not expected to take questions from the audience.
A spokesperson did not say whether Obama planned to address specific current events, but the highly anticipated gathering would provide an opportunity for him to weigh in publicly on his successor's first months in office.
One issue that was clearly on the former president's mind was the ongoing Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, his landmark health care law.
The former president has been spotted playing golf and vacationing on a private island in the Caribbean, but his schedule has been kept tightly under wraps.
The Obamas were penning memoirs, landing a deal with Penguin Random House that could yield them tens of millions of dollars.
The couple plans to live in Washington until their younger daughter, Sasha, graduates high school in 2019.