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In a Zoom meeting organized by publishing house Penguin, the pair discussed the power young people have to make change and the importance of giving back to your community.
Rashford, 23, last year spearheaded a campaign to tackle child food poverty in the United Kingdom during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Manchester United star successfully lobbied the British government to continue providing free school meals to over 1.7 million vulnerable children during the school holidays, while he has also launched a food education and cooking project for children called “Full Time Meals.”
“A lot of the young people I meet – including Marcus – they’re ahead of where I was when I was 23,” Obama said in the meeting, according to CNN.
“They’re already making changes and being positive forces in their communities.
“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.”
Rashford called the conversation, which will be aired in full on Penguin UK’s YouTube channel on Friday, surreal.
“I mean, it’s quite surreal, isn’t it?” he said. “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 realized 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.”