Obama Makes Voting Registration Plea to Young Voters

The former president did youth outreach to educate young people about voter registration and mail-in ballots in new PSA

In a new PSA from ATTN:, former president Barack Obama makes an impassioned plea to young voters: Register to vote. Vote early. Vote by mail. Just vote.

The serious video starts out playfully enough, with the former president talking to young viewers about activities associated with quarantine, like baking bread and TikTok dances.

“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 in the clip, posted to his social media accounts and those of ATTN:. “You know the stakes, for your lives, for your futures, your planet.”

Obama’s former vice president, Joe Biden, is the Democratic nominee for the 2020 election. With his vice presidential pick Sen. Kamala Harris, he’s facing off against Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Nov. 3.

Trump has been outspoken about his distrust for mail-in voting, baselessly saying it will cause widespread voter fraud, but Obama mentioned it as an option for young people, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, when lining up and voting in person may not be the healthiest option.

True to the mission to appeal to young voters, he pointed out that “absentee voting,” “mail-in voting” and “voting from home” all refer to the same thing, just like Donald Glover and Childish Gambino are the same person.

Obama ends the PSA by asking us if we wanna see him do his best version of viral Tik Tok dance. “Wanna see me do the Renegade?” Um, how about we all just go out and vote instead.

Watch above, via ATTN:.

7 Stars Who Imagined Violence Against Barack Obama, Democrats (Photos)

  • While Kathy Griffin and NYC’s Public Theater have been called out for imagining violent attacks on Donald Trump, conservative pundits and others made similar statements about Barack Obama and other Democrats during his presidency. 

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  • Glenn Beck

    In a 2009 Fox News broadcast, the conservative pundit joked about poisoning then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. During the bizarre skit, one of Beck’s helpers attempted to sip a glass of red wine while wearing a mask of Pelosi’s face. Beck then informs “Pelosi” that he slipped poison into her drink.

  • Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater

    Minnesota’s famed Guthrie Theater “assassinated” an Obama-like figure in its 2012 production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Unlike the NYC Public Theater’s Trump-themed assassination in 2017, this production saw no backlash or loss of corporate sponsorship.

    Joan Marcus

  • Shannon Richardson

    Actress Shannon Richardson, who has appeared in “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Walking Dead,” was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2014 for attempting to poison Barack Obama. According to CNN, Richardson mailed ricin-laced letters to Obama and several other politicians, because she was displeased with their stances on gun control.

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  • Scott Stapp

    The lead singer of Creed got himself in trouble in 2014 months after his release from a mental facility. According to 911 tapes obtained by TMZ, Stapp’s then-wife told police that the rocker was in the middle of a psychotic episode and had threatened to kill President Obama. “He thinks they’re trying to kill him, and he has a bunch of paperwork in his backpack that he’s a CIA agent and he’s supposed to assassinate Obama,” she said. Stapp’s episode later prompted a Secret Service investigation.

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  • Ted Nugent

    To encourage a group of NRA convention attendees to vote for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Nugent instructed them to “ride onto that battlefield and chop their heads off in November,” the heads in question belonging to Democratic voters. At a 2007 concert, Nugent said Obama could “suck on [his] machine gun.”

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  • Joe Walsh

    The former Illinois Congressman believed Barack Obama was responsible for the July 2016 shooting deaths of several Dallas police officers. He took to Twitter with a veiled threat on the then-president: “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

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  • Donald Trump

    At a North Carolina rally in August 2016, Trump suggested that his gun-toting supporters could prevent Hillary Clinton from taking office if they exercised their 2nd Amendment rights. He said, “[If Hillary Clinton] gets to pick…her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”

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Remember Joe Walsh’s infamous “Watch out, Obama. Real America is coming after you” tweet?

While Kathy Griffin and NYC’s Public Theater have been called out for imagining violent attacks on Donald Trump, conservative pundits and others made similar statements about Barack Obama and other Democrats during his presidency. 

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