The Economist_Barack Obama

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English

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Middle Aged (35-54)

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British (General) British (Received Pronunciation - RP, BBC)

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he was humble, articulate on DH, conciliatory On April 24th in his first public appearance since January, Barack Obama charmed his audience with his ability to listen and his unwillingness to boast as a community organiser on the south side. I am the first to acknowledge that I did not set the world on fire, Mr Obama said. This community gave me a lot more than I was able to give in return. Mr. Obama held his presidential farewell speech on January 11th in Chicago, his adopted hometown on returned to the Windy City for his reemergence in public life after an extended holiday. In his farewell speech, the former president had reflected on the fragility off democracy. This time he focused on civic engagement on community, organising in a 90 minute discussion with a panel of half a dozen youthful activists at the University of Chicago's Logan Centre for the Arts in front of an audience of mainly college students. In his remarks, Mr Obama brandished political polarisation, which he blamed on Jerry Man. Did electoral districts money in politics, a politicised media landscape on voter apathy, especially among young people. He admitted that his much quoted comment at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. That there were not red states and blue states was aspirational. One thing of which he was absolutely convinced, said Mr Obama, is that what prevents Americans from tackling the most daunting challenges is politics and civic life. He is planning, he said, to henceforth devote much of his energy to working with young people to encourage them to take up the baton and take their crack at changing the world.