Former President Barack Obama will make his first post-presidential public appearance on Monday, heading to the University of Chicago to discuss civic engagement and community organizing. Obama’s talk at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St., at 11 a.m. Chicago time will be a “conversation,” as he is flanked by six younger activists — from Kenwood Academy High School to college students and a bit older, Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times. This event is part of Obama’s commitment to “engage the next generation of leaders,” Lewis said. It’s an invitation-only audience event, with many
At the risk of tooting my own horn, I called him The Student Council President in 2008 or ´09.
Most of us probably remember the type - intolerable suckups to principals and teachers who, inexplicably, ate it up.
The Eddie Haskell types would hold meetings, seminars, speeches and retreats on ´leadership´ despite never leading anything or, more often, being elected to offices nobody else wanted and assuming it gave them special status.
Obama and his ilk never stop talking about leadership, vision, planning, oversight, etc. but that´s all it is - talk.
Interesting that his audience will be by invitation only.
Conservatives are not his types of black-masked, rock throwing, fire-bomb tossing ´activists´ he has attempted to justify in the past so most likely he will be allowed to speak without incident.
While he is engaging his "next generation of leaders", wonder if he will be encouraging them to defend both progressive and conservative campus ´free speech´ using Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter as examples.
A massive anti-deportation infrastructure has emerged to try to protect illegal immigrants from President Trump’s crackdown, with advocacy groups coaching potential deportees on how to massage encounters with police, and lawyers and judges working to shield them from charges that would make them priorities for deportation. A video released Monday by a coalition of advocates instructs illegal immigrants not to open the door to federal agents, what proof to demand if they are being arrested and what to say if accosted outside their homes. Meanwhile, attorneys are working to lower charges from some illegal immigrant criminals, hoping to blunt their
Barack Obama has agreed to a $400,000 fee for speaking to a prominent Wall Street firm, according to Charlie Gasparino of the Fox Business Network. Former president Obama will speak to a health care conference sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald in September, Gasparino reports. (Tweet/Video) The huge fee puts Obama at the top of the list of speaking fees for former government officials. Former Fed chair Ben Bernanke charges between $200,000 and $400,000, former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner charges $200,000, and former President George Bush charges around $150,000, according to a person familiar with the matter. Hillary Clinton received over $200,000
The journalists on CBS This Morning, Monday, goaded John Kasich to attack Donald Trump, lauding the moderate Republican governor. Democratic donor Gayle King, who vacations with Barack Obama, lobbed this softball: “You believe that historians will scratch their heads and look at this election as a tipping point. What will they see?” Charlie Rose encouraged, “You believe we took the wrong path in 2016? And do you believe — are you reinforced in that by that in the first 100 days of the Trump administration?" (Video) Norah O’Donnell pushed Kasich to lobby against repealing ObamaCare. NORAH O´DONNELL: The repeal of
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On April 24, 1915 hundreds of Armenian community leaders and intellectuals were rounded up in Constantinople, arrested, and killed by the Ottoman government then ruling Turkey. That event marked the beginning of the government-sponsored massacres of 1.5 million Armenians. It is why April 24 has officially marked the day of remembrance of the Armenian genocide for nearly a hundred years. Holocaust Remembrance Day, known in Hebrew as Yom HaShoah, memorializes the 6 million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazi government during World War II. It is a remembrance based on the twenty-seventh day of Nisan in the
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Dear Jan -Bonjour. I have a big problem — un gros problème! — which is getting worse every day. Let me start at the beginning. When I was a schoolboy, I had two wishes. One, I wanted to marry my drama teacher. Two, I wanted to become the President of France. People said: ‘Emmanuel, you are mad! Everyone knows that in France we wait till university before sleeping with les professeurs!’ Yet I did marry Brigitte Trogneux, the beautiful teacher I met when I was but 15 years of age, with nothing in my head but thoughts of love and
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When we study racial inequality, we tend to consider factors that affect people while they are awake. Differential access to safe neighborhoods with good schools, decent jobs and unbalanced treatment by police and the courts surely have much to do with the stubborn disparities in wealth and well-being among blacks and whites, in particular. Yet it may be just as important to consider what happens when we’re asleep. Race shapes our sleep, a relationship that has surprising roots deep in our national past. African Americans suffer from a “sleep gap”: Fewer black people are able to sleep for the recommended
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