As part of an operation mounted by a British publishing house, Marcus Rashford spoke with former US President Barack Obama. Their discussion revolved around their passion for books and the involvement of young people in society.
“Marcus is much more advanced than I was when I was 23. I was still looking for myself at that age.” Such were, among others, the praises of Barack Obama with regard to Marcus Rashford. The former President of the United States spoke with the English footballer, during a video conference hosted Thursday by television host June Sarpong.
During this 30-minute exchange described as “surreal” by the Manchester United striker, very committed to child poverty in the United Kingdom, the two men spoke in particular about the importance of books and the impact of youth activism in society.
Obama flatters the youth
“For me, being in high performance sport, I knew my life could change really quickly,” said Marcus Rashford. “If I wasn’t mature enough or at a certain level in my head, then things like fame would have been even harder to deal with. Through the books you can grow as you see fit, rather than having someone keep telling you to do this or that. The books have allowed me to do as I see fit “.
“Worlds are possible with books. You can grow, discover and make connections that you might not have made, just by choosing and opening a book,” said Barack Obama, who continues to promote of his memories (A Promised Land), while Marcus Rashford has just published with a journalist You Are a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can (You are a champion: how to be the best possible).
Regarding the power of youth, the former US head of state said: “When you look at the history of great social movements and social changes, it is usually young people who are in the lead.” What Marcus Rashford approved: “MR:” If you reach out to someone young, they can do things they never thought would be possible. “