Obama puts out call for service on MLK Day: ‘Make a positive impact on the world’
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Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm' Kentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' Biden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated MORE on Monday urged Americans to “make a positive impact on the world” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“I’ve always drawn inspiration from what Dr. King called life’s most persistent and urgent question: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Obama tweeted. “Let’s honor his legacy by standing up for what is right in our communities and taking steps to make a positive impact on the world.”

The former president spent a number of his Martin Luther King Jr. Days in office volunteering at local organizations in Washington, D.C.


His call for service comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBill Maher says he's 'glad' David Koch is dead Five things to know about David Koch Former sheriff's deputy files lawsuit claiming he was fired for not wanting to be alone with a woman MORE visited the MLK Memorial in D.C.

The approximately two-minute visit was previously unannounced. In a tweet earlier Monday, Trump wrote that the U.S. celebrates King "for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God."

Pence faced criticism from King’s son, Martin Luther King III, after he compared Trump to the civil rights icon in a pitch for the president’s immigration proposal.

“Martin Luther King Jr. was a bridge builder, not a wall builder,” Martin Luther King III said on Monday.