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Obama sneaks into Michelle’s speech at Obama Foundation summit

Former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were back in Chicago on Tuesday for the third annual Obama Foundation Summit, where new details were uncovered about the future Obama Presidential Center.

During a talk from Michelle Obama about her life’s work, the former president surreptitiously snuck into the room to listen, according to photos from the event.

Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, tweeted a photo of Barack Obama sitting in the back row as his wife spoke alongside her brotherCraig Robinson, for a wide-ranging discussion with author Isabel Wilkerson.

The summit, which will feature celebrities and civil rights activists such as Ava DuVernay and singer Mavis Staples, will also serve as a platform to showcase the future Obama Presidential Center, which will be located on Chicago’s South Side.

Schultz also tweeted photos of Barack Obama viewing the latest 3D model of the presidential center.

Along with a museum containing a replica of the Oval Office, the new facility will contain a rooftop garden in a nod to Michelle Obama’s White House garden, the foundation tweeted in a video. And in honor of the former president’s love of basketball, the center will build an athletic center complete with basketball courts. 

“This is the place Michelle was born and raised. It’s where I got my start as a community organizer. It’s where we bought our first house, built our family and took the first steps on a journey that’s still taking shape today,” the former president said in the video.

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