Post-presidency Obama meets PM Lee in S’pore

He wants to tell the world about the Obama Foundation and what it can do.

By Belmont Lay | March 20, 2018

Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America, was in Singapore on March 19, 2018.

Gave lecture

As part of his post-presidency lecture circuit gig, Obama spoke at the Shangri-la Hotel Island Ballroom at the invitation of the Bank of Singapore, a subsidiary of OCBC Bank.

Some 1,000 of the private bank’s clients and guests from all around the world were in attendance.

Obama, 56, spoke about his life journey, climate change and his vision for the next generation during the hour-long closed door session.

It was moderated by former Nominated Member of Parliament and communications consultant Viswa Sadasivan.

It is not known how much Obama is paid by the bank in Singapore, but the New York Times said his speaking fees have gone up to US$400,000 (S$529,000) per speech.

The bank had previously invited Nobel Prize recipients and economists Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, to address its clients.

Obama in photos

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last met Obama at Apec 2016 in November that year. They had dinner and caught up during this second year of the Trump administration:

Obama also tweeted about his lecture here:

He challenged his audience to give money, time and other resources to better the lives of others — which is what his Obama foundation is doing globally.

Former US Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar, was back in Singapore to meet Obama.

Great day in Singapore talking Obama Foundation.

A post shared by Kirk Wagar (@ambwagar) on

Young Asean leaders meeting with the greatest orator of our time:

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