Former President Barack Obama envisioned Sunday raising up “a million” young leaders like him who can lead human advancement.
Speaking during a conference in Japan on Sunday, Obama discussed his hopes for the Obama Foundation, a nonprofit he founded in 2014. The former president said he hopes the organization will serve as a conduit to connect young progressives from around the globe.
“If I could do that effectively, then — you know — I would create a hundred or a thousand or a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas,” Obama said, “or the next group of people who could take that baton in that relay race that is human progress and continue to build on the work that we have done.”
Obama, speaking Sunday in Japan about the Obama Foundation, envisioned creating “a million young Barack Obamas” to lead “human progress” pic.twitter.com/B9jKlatBAk
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At another point in the discussion, the former president knocked the “old men” who hold powerful positions in American politics, praising Saturday’s March for Our Lives rally for gun control.
A lot of our problems are caused by old men,” he said, according to The Washington Examiner. “No offense, men, who are old.”
Obama described helping develop the upcoming generation of political leaders as the “single most important thing” he can do in his post-presidential career.