Obama Summit Day One

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama launched their inaugural Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday, bringing together a collection of high-profile artists, entrepreneurs, world leaders and royalty to meet with hundreds of mostly young up-and-coming leaders. "In many ways, we want to learn from you as much as we want to share what we've learned," said POTUS44. “The reason I’m so excited to see you all here today in part is because this is where I started,” Obama said. “This isn’t where I was born, I was born in Kenya,” he laughed, quickly adding, “that’s a joke.” He also set one rule for participants for the summit: No selfies with him or the former First Lady. "It may seem trivial, but it's not," Obama said of his aversion to selfies. "I say this because ... one of the weird things about becoming president is I found that people were no longer looking me in the eye and shaking my hand." Despite the instructions, many guests did snap selfies including some eager fans excited to meet with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. “The moment we are in right now is the tail not the dog,” Obama said. “What we need to do is think about our civic culture, because what’s wrong with our politics is a reflection of the problems in our civic culture.” Michelle Obama is set to take the stage today. More here.

Tiffany D. Cross