At long last, former President Barack Obama has made his triumphant return to the public eye.
After taking off a few months post-presidency to just sort of lounge around on island time and kitesurf with Richard Branson, Obama turned up at the University of Chicago on Monday to deliver a speech on “community organizing and civic engagement,” according to CNN.
“So, uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?” Obama joked with the crowd.
Obama: “So, uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?” pic.twitter.com/p9f76nNF42
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) April 24, 2017
The relieved laughter that rippled through the audience also spread to Twitter, where users rejoiced at the prospect of having the 44th president back in the continental United States.
Just have to say, we miss you in the White House @BarackObama.
— Eric Jotkoff (@Eric_Jotkoff) April 24, 2017
Hearing President Obama speak right now is reminding me of how much I miss having a president who I love and respect… pic.twitter.com/iyXR8SXOrv
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 24, 2017
“Former U.S. President Obama” pic.twitter.com/0q7K3aECVy
— 🍍 (@chelswintour) April 24, 2017
— Carlos Deleon (@walkthelight) April 24, 2017
This is what class looks like! President Obama, giving voice to wonderful young democratics and republicans! Uniting, not dividing!
Dad is out there throwing out marriage advice and talking about how old he is. I miss him so much! 😩 #Obama
— Ashley Zavislak (@saltand_sea) April 24, 2017
Of course, not everyone greeted Obama’s return with the same enthusiasm.
— Mark Berman (@markberman) April 24, 2017
President Obama trending hopefully he died
— Mr. Redcap (@Ghastly_Grinner) April 24, 2017
According to CNN, Obama’s comments were part of his pledge to use his time out of office to “encourage and support the next generation of leaders.”
The roundtable discussion, which featured six students but did not allow questions from the audience, tackled topics ranging from post-truth reality to political polarization.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 24, 2017
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Santini More I teared up listening to him. There is just too much of a chasm between his intelligence and articulation and the fool that currently occupies the White House. It just drives me crazy that #45 is such a dimwitted national embarrassment.
Ellen Joy Such a difference hearing how a good communicator can actually speak off the cuff and use a vocabulary that clearly says what he means……..ALL THE TIME. WOW this entire family slept good every night while President Barack Obama was in the Oval office.
Cynthia Orr Brown It’s nice to hear complete sentences that make sense. To hear intelligence and caring. To hear an adult.
Ahmed AlRwazek I didn’t like his foreign policy. But he couldn’t do anything. The neocons and Israel control congress. But I saw every single one of his state of the union addresses. They gave hope to people. Unfortunately the neocons and republicans railroaded him on every single issue. If only the republicans cared as much about this country than having a black president “taking away our guns and jerbs” he could have done a lot of good.
Pete Salugao nobody blames HRC as being arguably the worst (yes, since she lost to Trump in YOUR opinion) but let’s keep sh*tting on the pres and not look at the disarray that is the Dem party…. get ur sh*t together instead of complaining
Remy Remy This human deported 2 1/2 million immigrants in his eight years, the most by any president.
Refused to call attacks on the USA terrorist attacks.
Paroled a freaking large amount of felons in his last couple of months.