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Everyone is loving Obama's opening line on his return to public life yesterday

“So, uh, what’s been going on since I’ve been gone?”

BARACK OBAMA HAS been having some time of it since leaving the most stressful job on the planet.

And there’s been plenty of photographic evidence to prove it:

But despite all the glowing photography doing the rounds, the former President hadn’t spoken in the public spotlight since handing over the reins of the White House to Donald Trump.

Yesterday, he broke his silence by speaking to high school and college students on stage in Chicago – and his opening line was delivered with deadpan brilliance:

“So, uh, what’s been going on since I’ve been gone?”

Source: TODAY News Channel/YouTube

Oh, nothing.

The opening line was tweeted by MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin and has gone viral from there.

People have been missing that distinctive style

But fully aware that he’s seen it *all* in the last few months

Entirely not afraid to laugh at his own joke

entirely Source: MSNBC

No gags at this time, please

barry22 Source: @thenamesyell

This is the face of your ex delivering a burn

entirely2 Source: MSNBC

You can read more from the full speech here and here, but that opening line might just be what the speech is remembered for

Barack Obama: former President of the USA and current Instagram Husband

Welcome back to the stage.

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