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Former President Barack Obama has become increasingly vocal over the course of Donald Trump's presidency. One might argue that he's been the most vocal critic of a sitting president of any ex-president in modern political history.

After Republicans tried and failed to reform Obamacare — an effort the GOP-led Congress is renewing — the ex-president spoke up. After Trump came for his arguably unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Obama spoke out. After Trump pulled us out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Obama praised those who defied the new president's agenda.

Obama has moved on to the next stage of his life after the presidency. Through his non-governmental organization the Obama Foundation, he is now inviting civic leaders to join him in Chicago in order to “change the world.”

As The Hill reported:

Former President Obama announced in a new video Wednesday that he will gather together civic leaders from around the world next month to take part in the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit.

The summit in Chicago will allow leaders to exchange ideas and learn from one another, Obama said in a video released Wednesday.

The inaugural Obama Foundation Summit will be held in Chicago at the presidential library.

The former president explains in the video that he took submissions through for ideas to change the world.

“We read your letters, your emails, and your submissions to,” he said. “I sat down with young people from Chicago to Berlin to Jakarta to hear directly from future leaders we want to cultivate.”

Obama then explained the reason for the summit.

“We want to inspire and empower people to change the world,” Obama says in the video. “And we hope you'll be a part of it.”

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