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Meaghan Ellis September 16, 2020 0 Comments

Former President Barack Obama is encouraging young Americans to consider coming up with a plan to cast their vote as he expressed concern about misinformation circulating in an effort to “confuse and mislead” people about the upcoming election.

In a video released on Wednesday, Obama praised young people for becoming experts on quarantining.

“Over the last few months, I’ve learned a thing or two from young people about how to quarantine successfully,” Obama said as he went on to note a few of the things he has learned from young TikTokers.

After the light-hearted banter, Obama went on to discuss the upcoming election as he stressed the importance of planning to vote in the upcoming election.

“Since you’ve given me so much lately, and so much hope over the years, I want to return the favor and help you make a plan in the upcoming election,” Obama said.

He added, “You know the stakes. For your lives, for your futures, your planet… Because young people have always been the ones to make change in this country, making change this fall is once again going to depend on you.”

Obama went on to note the importance of taking public health into consideration when preparing to vote.

“Since we’re still dealing with a pandemic, we’ve got to approach voting just like we do everything else these days,” he said.

See Obama’s remarks below:

Over the last few months, Ive learned a thing or two from the young people in our country. I figured I would return the favor by sharing with you how to make a plan to vote in this upcoming election.

Get registered and vote early:

Video: @attn

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 16, 2020

Obama went through the required steps to vote as he explained the voting methods currently available. He also urged young voters to pay close attention to deadlines and laws in their states.

According to the former president, the goal by some is to make voters “cynical” while trying to convince people that their vote does not matter.

“They’re trying to make you cynical,” Obama said in the video. “They’re trying to get you to believe that your vote doesn’t matter. Do not let them do that.”

Obama emphasized the importance of America’s democracy as he urged voters to cast their ballots as early as possible.

He said, “Our democracy is a precious thing, and it’s up to all of us to protect it,” and encouraged young voters to vote as early as they can.

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Barack Obama Posts Touching Tribute To Ruth Bader Ginsberg After Death At Age 87

Former President Barack Obama left a touching tribute to social media site Instagram in honor of the late Supreme Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Obama posted a sweet photo of the two walking together on the White House grounds along with a couple of text slides in which he sang her praises and spoke highly of her life and work for the United States.

In the first slide, the two were photographed walking along a path outside of the White House and appeared to be in mid-conversation. Ginsberg looked down at the ground with her hands clutched in front of her while Obama looked over at her as he strolled, his hands in his pockets.

In the following slide, Obama told his 31.8 million followers that Ginsberg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk 60 years ago after studying at two law schools and racking up incredible recommendations. Ten years after that, a brief she sent to the Supreme Court led to the overturning of a state law based on gender discrimination. She sat on the Supreme Court for the next 30 years as the second woman ever to do so.

Obama continued his tribute to say that Ginsberg helped her country see that discrimination based on gender doesn’t only harm women but has real consequences for everyone. He added that she was an inspiration for generations to come and that she inspired him and his wife, Michelle Obama. The couple feels grateful for the legacy she left behind.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored.

A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on Sep 18, 2020 at 9:04pm PDT

In the third slide, Obama penned that the Supreme Court justice fought through her cancer until the end with unwavering faith in the U.S. democracy and its ideals. He added that she had specific instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored, which included waiting for a new president to be sworn in before filling her open seat in the Court. The former president signed off his tribute with a powerful message.

“The questions before the Court now and in the coming years – with decisions that will determine whether or not our economy is fair, our society is just, women are treated equally, our planet survives, and our democracy endures – are too consequential to future generations for courts to be filled through anything less than an impeachable process.”

Over 1.6 million Instagram users liked Obama’s post, while more than 6,600 left comments.

“A true icon and an immeasurable loss,” one follower wrote in the comments section.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday, September 18, at age 87 from complications caused by metastatic cancer of the pancreas, according to NPR.

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