Obama ponders creating ‘a million young Barack Obamas’
Former President Obama said on Sunday that he would like to create “a million young Barack Obamas” to run the next stage in the “relay race that is human progress,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Obama reportedly made the comment at a conference in Japan while discussing the Obama Foundation’s work to help young people around the world get connected using the internet.
“If I could do that effectively, then — you know — I would create a hundred or a thousand or a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas,” Obama said. “Or, the next group of people who could take that baton in that relay race that is human progress.”
The former president touted the potential that young people have to create change, citing the survivors of the Florida high school shooting who organized Saturday’s “March for Our Lives” rally for gun reform, according to the news outlet.
He also said that a lot of today’s problems are “caused by old men.”
Obama said that his foundation is working to find ways social media can be used to bring people with different perspectives together to discuss issues civilly, the Examiner reported.
He added that it is currently too easy for people to find news with which they agree.