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Rashford joins Obama in “surreal” Zoom call amid child poverty crusade

Marcus Rashford enjoyed a “surreal” Zoom call with Barack Obama in which he discussed the power young black people have to make a change.

The Manchester United frontman and the 44th President of the United States have been huge influences in their respective countries.

During their conversation they spoke of the value at giving back to your local community and the positive impact of reading.

The two men were also raised by single mothers and Rashford quickly realised how much he had in common with Obama.

He said: “It’s quite surreal isn’t it?

“I’m sitting in my kitchen in Manchester, speaking to President Obama. But, immediately, he made me feel at ease.

Marcus Rashford discussed his life experiences with Barack Obama

“It wasn’t long before I realised just how aligned our experiences as children were in shaping the men you see today – adversity, obstacles and all.

“I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. When President Obama speaks, all you want to do is listen.”

The American was very complimentary of the United star, who has enjoyed his own personal successes over the past year.

He said: “A lot of the young people I meet – including Marcus – they’re ahead of where I was when I was 23.

“They’re already making changes and being positive forces in their communities.”

Rashford took on the Government last year as they planned to end the free school meals scheme.

His efforts eventually saw them make a u-turn and the United star has continued to battle child food poverty.

He has teamed up with organisations like Fair Share and used his stature and social media presence to help others.

Rashford said earlier this year: “We are at the beginning of what I see as a long journey.

“I am definitely not at the stage of relief yet, I feel that there is a lot more which needs to be done and a lot more steps which need to be taken forward.

“On the positive side we have started to take a few steps in the right direction, but for me now just because we have done that (it) is not about just sitting back now and being happy with what we have done.

“It is about what is next in the chapter of these children’s lives.”

He continued: “If we can make a five or 10 per cent difference to every single one of their lives, then it puts everyone at a good baseline and then we can start to work on foundations for the future.”

The conversation between Rashford and Obama, which was moderated by broadcaster and author June Sarpong and organised by Penguin Books, will be released in full on Penguin UK’s YouTube channel at 2pm on May 28.



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