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Barack Obama to headline Economic Club event

August 17th, 2017

Former President Barack Obama will headline the Economic Club of Chicago’s annual dinner meeting in December.

Members were notified today by email that Obama will speak at the group’s Dec. 5 meeting.

The Economic Club tries to outdo itself each year by bringing bigger and more notable speakers to its events. In January, Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann, headlined an event. And last year, Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal and SpaceX, spoke.

That the former president would speak is surely thanks to his long friendship with Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and a supporter of Obama’s over the years.

A few months ago, Hobson made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named chairman of the board of the civic organization.

This is the second time Obama has addressed members of the club. The first time was in 2004 when his title was state Senator-elect Obama. His wife, Michelle Obama, spoke to the group in 2013.

No details yet as to location for the December meeting–but think one big ball room. Neither Hobson nor club President and CEO Donna Zarcone were available to talk about the event.

Obama may be out of public office but he hasn’t shied away from public life.

Since leaving the White House, Obama has commented on the terrorist attack in England and news that Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Just this week, Obama tweeted the words of the late South African President Nelson Mandela in regard to the events in Charlottesville. It became the most popular tweet ever.

It read: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion … People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love … For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Former President Barack Obama will headline the Economic Club of Chicago’s annual dinner meeting in December.

 

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