Barack Obama Jokingly Thanks Himself For His Economic Accomplishments

Obama to Speak as World Mayors Sign Chicago Climate Charter

During the launch of the first-ever North American Climate Summit, former President Barack Obama endorsed America's Pledge and the newly launched Chicago Climate Charter praising bottom up climate action as the new face of American leadership on climate change.

Chicago officials were the ones with the idea of the North American Climate Summit, which began Monday evening, as the first of its kind for the city.

Obama didn't mention Trump by name, saying only that the US was in an "unusual" position as the sole country to reject the Paris agreement.

The Chicago agreement includes a committment to reducing carbon emissions, reporting and tracking city emissions, and developing city-specific climate programs and policies, among other pledges.

Cities from across the US -including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington-have all said they will commit to lowering their carbon footprint and take action on their own without President Trump. Without mentioning Trump by name, Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff to Obama, said Trump is in denial on climate change but shouldn't ignore science.

President Trump's announcement on June 1 that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is "difficult to defend", Obama said, indicating membership would spur growth rather than stifle it.

During the summit, mayors from all around the world inaugurated the Chicago Climate Charter, a first-of-its-kind worldwide charter on climate change which is now signed from more than 50 mayors from around the world.

Obama, who enacted the Paris deal, is expected to speak Tuesday afternoon.

Many big city American mayors pilloried Trump as being shortsighted. Mayor Emanuel is joined by Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo; Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee; Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera; Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante; Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson; Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton; and almost 50 Mayors from around the world for the 2-day event. Obama and Democrats have spun the long-running sarcastic joke to upended criticism from conservatives who blamed the president for problems that had little to do with his policies.

Technically, the US can't give notice of its departure from the non-binding agreement until November 2019 under terms agreed upon when the pact was negotiated in 2015. A handful of foreign mayors - from Canada, France, Mexico and Tanzania - also attended and signed the agreement.

Former President Barack Obama jokingly thanked himself in a speech Tuesday while outlining the economic achievements of his administration.

"But the good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own", Obama stated. "Thanks, Obama", he said, as the audience burst into laughter and applause.

"In this environment right now, it's easy sometimes to feel discouraged, and feel as if people are talking past each other", said Obama, who did not mention President Trump by name in his 14-minute address to the summit.

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