MARCUS RASHFORD shared an incredible chat with President Barack Obama discussing the power young people have to make a difference in society.
The Manchester United striker and 44th United States president met on a Zoom call.
They discussed the importance of giving back to your local community and the positive impact of reading, as well as other themes from the former commander in chief’s latest book, A Promised Land.
And the pair also spoke about some of their shared experiences, including being raised by single mothers.
The forward, who is set to feature for England at Euro 2020, 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.
“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.”
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President Obama added: “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, 23, last year spearheaded a prominent campaign to tackle child food poverty in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic and forced the Government into two huge U-turns regarding free school meals.
It led to 1.7million vulnerable children being supported by a £520m Government scheme and other projects have helped deliver 130m meals.
He has also launched a food education and cooking project for children, Full Time Meals, as well as his own book club.
The conversation, 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 Friday.
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