Barack Obama Kicks Off Asia Pacific Foundation Work in Hawaii
Former President Barack Obama spoke at the inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia Pacific in his home state of Hawaii on Sunday. The initial group of 21 emerging leaders represents 16 countries and is expected to grow to about 200 members. This effort will build on and connect with the Foundation's inaugural international Leaders program in Africa that launched in 2018 and brought together 200 emerging leaders from around the African continent for a one-year leadership development and civic engagement training initiative. The Obama Foundation Leaders program is a global initiative designed to cultivate emerging change agents. Addressing the group, Obama said his home state of Hawaii will be indispensable as the Obama Foundation launches its leadership development program in Asia-Pacific and throughout the world. This was POTUS44’s first time speaking in the Aloha state since leaving office two years ago. “I have no shortage of causes that I want to work on,” Obama said. “But the single most important thing that I can do -- and Michelle feels the same way -- is to empower the folks who are coming behind us, that they have a platform and an opportunity to channel their amazing energy and passion and imagination in order to bring a whole new set of eyes and ideas and possibilities to the world.” See his full remarks here.