Barack Obama: Marcus Rashford talks “surreal” with the former US president

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Barack Obama: Marcus Rashford talks “surreal” with the former US president


Marcus Rashford spoke with President Barack Obama to discuss the power young people can have to change society.

The Manchester United and England striker met the 44th President of the United States in a video call hosted by Penguin books.

Their discussion also focused on the importance of giving back to your local community and the positive impact of reading.

They also spoke about some of their shared experiences, including being raised by single mothers.

Rashford, 23, last year led a leading campaign to tackle child food poverty in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

This has enabled 1.7 million vulnerable children to be supported by a £ 520 million government program and other projects have delivered 130 million meals.

He also started a food education and cooking project for children, “Full Time Meals”.

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Rashford has received high praise for his campaign to tackle child food poverty in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic

President Obama said, “A lot of the young people I meet – including Marcus – are ahead of who I was when I was 23.

“They are already making changes and are positive forces in their communities. “

Rashford added: “It’s pretty surreal, isn’t it? I am sitting in my kitchen in Manchester, talking to President Obama. But, immediately, he put me at ease.

“It didn’t take long for me to realize how aligned our childhood experiences were with the forming of the men you see today – adversity, obstacles and all.

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

Rashford receives 70 racial slurs online after EL final

In addition to his campaign to end child food poverty, Rashford has also been a leading figure in the fight against football racism and online abuse.

The Manchester United striker said he received “at least 70 racial slurs” on social media after Wednesday’s Europa League final, which ended in a penalty shoot-out to Villarreal.

After the game, Rashford wrote on Twitter: “At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts have counted so far. For those who work to make me feel worse than I already do, good luck giving it a try. “

United said they were “disgusted” by the abuse suffered by Rashford, adding that other members of the squad had been targeted online after the loss to Poland.

A club statement read: ‘Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the hatred and online abuse targeting Marcus Rashford and other players on social media after last night’s game. There is simply no excuse and we condemn it completely.

“Manchester United have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination and we encourage people to report it via manutd.com/seered.

“We also urge social media platforms and regulators to step up measures to prevent this disgusting behavior. “



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Former England manager Steve McClaren has said football must persist in the battle against racial abuse and players should not stop fighting online hatred or hitting their knees

In response to a request for comment from Sky Sports News, Facebook – which owns Instagram – said: “The racist abuse sent to Marcus Rashford last night is heinous and we don’t want it on Instagram.

“We quickly deleted a number of comments and accounts for breaking our rules and are now rolling out a new tool that, when activated, will help prevent anyone from seeing posts like this again.

“No solution will solve this challenge overnight, but we are committed to doing what we can to protect our community from abuse.

However, Facebook declined to offer an interview to anyone.

Sky Sports News also reached out to Twitter for comment.

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