Former U.S. President Barack Obama joked he was born in Kenya as he kicked off his inaugural leadership conference in Chicago on Tuesday night. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former U.S. President Barack Obama joked he was born in Kenya as he kicked off his inaugural leadership conference in Chicago. Obama says the conference marks the start of a wider effort to promote civic involvement, a cause that has emerged as a major emphasis of his post-presidency. Obama addressed 500 young leaders from 60 nations and 27 U.S. states at the first Obama Foundation gathering. Speakers included Britain's Prince Harry, former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, former first lady Michelle Obama, Chance the Rapper and others. While Obama has sought to defend policies that Trump has begun to dismantle - including the Affordable Care Act and deportation protections for young immigrants - the former president, since leaving office, has decided to focus on building a new generation of community leaders, he said. He likened the gathering to a brainstorming session to help civic leaders spark bottom-up change, a lesson he said he learned as a young organizer. The conference was held on the South Side of Chicago, where the Obama Foundation plans to build a presidential center near the neighborhoods that gave rise to Obama's own community organizing and propelled him to two terms in the White House.