Wednesday 2 November 2022 07:07 PM Obama tries to spark the TikTok generation with video telling young Americans ... trends now
The popular former president appeared on TikTok of all places, in a 38-second clip for a series called Under The Desk News hosted by influencer Vitus Spehar, encouraging viewers to go to the ballot box on or before November 8.
He's just the latest high-profile Democrat attempting to use the trendy social media platform to connect with Gen Z voters. And like with most generational divides, the finished product was just a touch awkward.
The clip begins with Spehar, known as V, under a desk about to discuss the news, when Obama walks in and asks, 'What are you doing under my desk?'
'Here's the thing,' he begins, waving off V's explanation in a somewhat forced comedic exchange before the tone shifted with Obama's main message.
'You can stay for now, but when it comes time for voting, you're going to have to get up,' the former president said.
'Because you've got climate change legislation on the ballot, you've got gun safety, and if we can elect more pro-choice members of Congress, we can reinstitute Roe v. Wade as the law of the land.
'So, you can't stay here, you're going to have to take a little bit of time to vote.'
In the short video, Barack Obama tells Gen Z voters to get to the ballot box, warning that climate change, abortion rights and gun safety are on the line
The host asks, 'Is now a bad time to say that I voted for [late Senator John McCain] in 2008?'
'Eh, as long as you voted, it's