Barack Obama blasts 'money in politics' in his first speech since Trump's inauguration

The former commander-in-chief traveled to his hometown, Chicago, for an invite-only event where he gave a speech aimed at encouraging the next generation of leaders. 

His first since handing over the reins to billionaire Donald Trump, the two-term president seemingly referenced his replacement during the speech, held at the University of Chicago. 

The 55-year-old outlined there is more than unites people than divides us, as he delivered a speech which drew on his own personal life and younger years. 

He said: “One thing I’m absolutely convinced of is that, yes we confront a whole range of challenges from economic inequality and lack of opportunity, to a criminal justice system that too often is skewed in ways which are unproductive, climate change to issues related to violence.

“All those problems are serious, they’re daunting but they’re not insoluble. 

“What is preventing us from tackling them and making more progress really has to do with our politics in our civic life. 

“It has to do with the fact that things like political gerrymandering, our parties have moved further and further apart, and it’s harder and harder to find common ground because of money in politics, special interests dominate the debates in Washington in ways which don’t match up with with the road of majority of Americans feel. 

“Changes in the media, we now have a situation in which everybody’s listening to people who already agree with them and are further and further reinforcing their own realities to the neglect of a common reality that allows us to have a healthy debate and then try to find common round and actually move solutions forward.”

Stepping back into the public eye on Monday, Barack Obama was dressed casually in a shirt and no tie in what is the first of a series of planned public and private engagements. 

More to follow . . . 

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