A future world seen through the eyes of former President Barack Obama may leave some dreading his vision.
The former president spoke with a Canadian crowd Monday about his goal to create a “university for social change” while touting his Obama Foundation and its mission to “train a million Baracks and Michelles” to transform the world, the Washington Examiner reported.
Obama was hopeful about the next generation of leaders despite the “challenging times” we are living in, telling the sold-out crowd of about 13,500 people in Winnipeg about the programs that are part of his Obama Foundation and its $500 million Chicago-based presidential center project.
— Bell MTS Place (@bellmtsplace) March 5, 2019
“Younger people are trying to get away from the baggage that us older folks hoist on them, and that makes me feel optimistic,” he said.
“If we train them — if we give them skills, support, financing, media training, spotlights, then they’re the ones that are going to carry forward the solutions that we so desperately need,” Obama said.
“If we could form a network of those young leaders, not just in the United States, but around the world, then we got something,” he added, “if we can train a million Baracks and Michelles who are running around thinking they can change the world,” hope can be achieved.
His words echoed remarks he made at a conference in Japan last year.
“After I left office, what I realized is that the Obama Foundation could potentially create a platform for young, up-and-coming leaders, both in the United States and all around the world to come together, meet together, create a digital platform where they could exchange information,” he said at the time, according to CNN. “If I could do that effectively, then I would create a hundred, or a thousand, or a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas.”
Obama spoke Monday to the Bell MTS Place crowd who paid as much as $500 to be there, about his presidency and other issues during his address and discussion with moderator Michael Burns, the former head of the Invictus Games.
Fans enjoy a ‘fireside chat’ with Barack Obama at Bell MTS Place Monday night.
Obama’s motorcade delivered the former U.S. President in a rather understated way…
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— Global Winnipeg (@globalwinnipeg) March 5, 2019
Though he did not mention President Trump by name, Obama told the Canadian crowd he wasn’t sure America could successfully face off a challenge like a recession with the current leadership.
“If we had a crisis today, I’m concerned that we, at least in the United States, may not be in the habit of trying to figure things out in a common sense, practical way,” he said, according to CBC News.
“I think the danger that we have sometimes now in our politics in the United States, and what I’m seeing internationally, is us being driven by passions, and (we) are disconnected from facts, that in fact deliberately are shielded from facts and reason and logic,” he said, according to the Huffington Post.
Twitter users weighed in on Obama’s cringeworthy vision for a future filled with “a million Baracks and Michelles.”
A legend in his own mind.
— philip bickham (@pbickham1) March 5, 2019
The only problem is we want freedom, not socialism. We need more George Washingtons not more Obamas.
— Csunshine (@sunShinewith8) March 5, 2019
— LetFreedomRing (@ringthebellloud) March 5, 2019
So we will have a million useless people, oh community organizers.
— Bergen Blanton (@norawayb) March 5, 2019
That’s very modest of him
— Leon Silva (@Ped_Rill) March 5, 2019
The Obamas have never lacked in arrogance.
— William Nelson (@Ragmoppet) March 5, 2019
This would be laughable if @BarackObama actually lacked the means to develope a school of thought. But, as he does, this is a scary notion.
— Darrel Tubbs (@DarrelTubbs) March 5, 2019
No thanks – 1 of you nearly destroyed this country in 8 years. Mankind would be extinguished with a million of those idiots running around.
— Casey Gregory (@tarheel1124) March 5, 2019
— Kim Seefeld (@KAS_SB) March 5, 2019
Jokes on him. You don’t have to train dumb. Its inherent in liberalism.
— Venturis Ventis (@gravyfist) March 5, 2019
Sounds creepy af
— Totes McGotes (@TotesMcGotes) March 5, 2019