Internet Rejoices Over Obama And Trudeau's Post-Presidency Friendship

Young leadership was a likely topic of conversation.

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former President Barack Obama dined together at a Montreal restaurant on June 6, the world was reminded of the special friendship these leaders share.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Obama was in town on an invitation from The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. The organization had invited the former president to speak two days after he left office, but didn't receive word he'd committed to the engagement until about a month ago.

In his speech to a sold-out crowd of 6,000, he discussed America's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and the need for leadership.


"Where TV and Twitter can feed us a steady stream of bad news and sometimes fake news, it can seem like the international order we have created is constantly being tested and the center may not hold," he told the crowd, according to Canada's Global News. "And in some cases, that leads people to search for certainty and control and they can call for isolationism or nationalism or they can suggest rolling back the rights of others."

Following the speech, Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau headed to a popular Montreal restaurant called Liverpool House for dinner. Per a different Montreal Gazette article, the pair spent several hours together before emerging and going their separate ways.

Both men tweeted about their meal, and though we may never know exactly what they discussed, the Twitterverse was overjoyed to see these two gentleman spending time together despite the fact that Obama is no longer president. 

One likely topic of conversation? The Obama Foundation, which Obama has been dedicating more and more time to since leaving office in January. The foundation aims to foster a generation of good citizens and pragmatic leaders, and both Trudeau and Obama mentioned the importance of young leaders in their respective tweets regarding the meal they shared together. 

Currently, The Obama Foundation is staffing up and working on the Obama Presidential Center, which is currently under construction and eventually open on the Chicago's South Side. 

According to The Obama Foundation, the OPC is expected to support 4,945 direct, indirect and induced jobs created during the construction phase and 2,536 direct, indirect and induced jobs after the Center is open. The Foundation also notes the Center will have an economic impact of $3.1 billion during the construction period and first 10 years of operations for Chicago.


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