Former US President Barack Obama has praised Marcus Rashford for his campaigning against poverty and child hunger in a video call between the pair, saying such people are “positive forces in their communities”.
Obama told the England and Manchester United striker, who became a champion for vulnerable people during the pandemic and forced two government u-turns, that he was “way ahead of where I was” at that age.
Obama said: “Even if you do something positive on a small scale, that’s making a difference, and it’s the accumulation of people doing positive things over time that makes us a little bit better with each successive generation.”
The former President said that social movements often started with young people, with Rashford countering that they “don’t understand how powerful their voice is”.
The pair also considered their similarities, such as being raised by single mothers and their involvement in community projects.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) May 28, 2021