All the focus this week has been on Donald Trump’s administration, after his National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s the resignation due to his mentioned ties with Russia.
While Washington D.C. experienced chaotic happenings , Barack Obama used this opportunity to secretly go away for a trip to Chicago, Illinois – his home city.
This was Obama’s first visit to Chicago after leaving the office on Wednesday. His aim was to look over plans for the Obama Center, which will be built in Jackson Park as planed. Even though Obama left the office, he had a busy day of four meetings. The first of those was with community leaders on the South Side at the Foundation’s Hyde Park offices.
The other three meetings can be referenced as a massive fundraising drive to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the Center, reports Truth Monitor.
Jim and Lester Crown, and his former Commerce secretary, Penny Pritzker, and her husband, Bryan Traubert who are Obama’s biggest helpers, were also present at the meetings.
“There was great enthusiasm from the civic leaders about the opportunity to work with the Foundation,” said former senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. “Those with whom President Obama met have long and deep ties to the community. It was important to the President to communicate how important they are to the success of the Center.”
“The South Side is the President and Mrs. Obama’s home so he intends to not only build the Center there, but also bring opportunities to the area. The President was very eager to hear suggestions from the community members and encouraged them to continue the dialogue with his team after he left,” she added.
In addition, the meeting were also attended by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Dr. Byron Brazier, Apostolic Church of God; longtime community activist Leon Finney; Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), and representatives from two South Side organizations, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago Urban League.