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Earlier this month, while talking to a group of students at the University of Chicago, he also talked about civic engagement.
"The most important thing I could do is to help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton," Obama said.
He added: “What are the ways in which we can create pathways for them to take leadership for them to get involved? Are there ways in which we can knock down some of the barriers that are discouraging young people about a life of service?”
Although Obama has returned to the public eye following an extended post-White House vacation and is speaking out on a multitude of issues, he has purposely shied away from criticizing the current president, with former Obama aides saying that it would do little more than further encourage President Donald Trump's base.