"In this new world that we live in we can't isolate ourselves," Obama said.
"We can't hide behind a wall."
But that's exactly what Obama is doing in his Washington, DC and Chicago homes.
Crews have completed the brick and metal wall surrounding his home in the tony Kalorama neighborhood in DC.
As Barack Obama waxes eloquent about the supposed negative impact of walls on humanity, crews have completed
the wall surrounding his Washington, DC home.
Sitting alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former
President Obama lectured the current administration about its immigration policy Thursday.
While not mentioning President Trump by name, Obama made clear to whom he was leveling his criticism.
Obama's DC home isn't the only one protected by walls.
The former president's Chicago neighbors are begging Chicago leaders to take down
the barriers that have been blocking their street, even though he is no longer in office.
DNA Info reported in February:
Leaders at KAM Isaiah Israel, the synagogue across the street from Barack Obama's Chicago home, say
the heavily secured block in Kenwood should be reopened to the public.
Interim Executive Director Debra Hammond said Monday the synagogue at 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.
wants the gates and barricades that block Greenwood Avenue at Hyde Park Boulevard removed to send a message
of openness and inclusivity.
"If we could have it the way we wanted it, it would be open at Hyde Park Boulevard," Hammond told DNAinfo.
"We want to be more of a place of sanctuary."