The presidential election is coming up fast, and political leaders are looking to connect with voters. Nationwide ads are rolling out for both President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
But even though former President Barack Obama isn’t on the ticket this time, he still wants to be involved. In fact, he wants you to get in contact with him.
In a curious move, Obama has decided to get personal before election day rolls around.
The 44th President tweeted his invitation to his 123 million followers, asking that they contact him via text message.
He provided U.S. residents with a number and the added that he’d “be in touch” in return. Though of course, it’s unlikely he’ll personally be in touch with those who message him.
Here’s the tweet:
All right, let's try something new. If you’re in the United States, send me a text at 773-365-9687 — I want to hear how you're doing, what's on your mind, and how you're planning on voting this year.
I'll be in touch from time to time to share what's on my mind, too. pic.twitter.com/NX91bSqbtG
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 23, 2020
Obama sent the same message out to his 32 million followers on Instagram.
Most interesting is this: he specifically wants to know who you’re voting for in the 2020 election. Some may wonder at this; it almost feels like an unofficial poll.
Obviously, we assume that most who send him a text message will be fans of his, and will accordingly say they’re voting for Biden.
But perhaps this will draw the ire of those who didn’t like Obama, and fully intend to vote for Trump in November.
Obama has issues with the current administration, certainly. He made that abundantly during his speech at the Democratic National Convention:
This administration has shown it will tear our democracy down if that’s what it takes to win.
So we have to get busy building it up — by pouring all our effort into these 76 days, and by voting like never before — for Joe and Kamala [Harris], and candidates up and down the ticket, so that we leave no doubt about what this country we love stands for — today and for all our days to come.
Perhaps the Obamas are trying to gauge the current voter landscape. Maybe they want to ensure that most of their followers are in fact voting for Biden.
But his tweet has hit just about every major news outlet, so Barack is bound to receive responses from both sides of the aisle.
One wonders now: will he ever reveal details of the responses? Will it be treated like a poll?
Right now, Trump followers might be eager to stick it to the former President…
- Former President Barack Obama has invited any U.S. resident to send him a text message.
- He specifically wants to know who you’re voting for in November.
- Will Obama hear mostly from his fans, or will more Trump supporters text him with their intentions?
Source: Fox News