While speaking at a conference in Japan on Sunday, former President Barack Obama said he envisions creating a “million” young leaders in his image, the Washington Examiner reported.
“If I could do that effectively, then — you know — I would create a hundred or a thousand or a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas,” he said. “Or, the next group of people who could take that baton in that relay race that is human progress.”
The former chief executive also targeted “old men” in power while applauding young people marching against the Second Amendment, the Examiner said:
During the discussion, Obama acknowledged the great potential that young people have in making a difference, pointing to the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence demonstrations, led by high schoolers, in Washington, D.C., and around the globe. He also knocked “old men” in power.
“A lot of our problems are caused by old men. No offense, men, who are old,” he quipped.
The former president bemoaned the current news and social media environments in which people are too easily able to find news that fits their personal narratives and signaled that he is seeking a way to create a more productive forum.
“One of the things we’re going to be spending time on, through the Foundation, is finding ways in which we can study this phenomenon of social media and the Internet to see are there ways in which we can bring people from different perspectives to start having a more civil debate and listen to each other more carefully,” he added.
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