Russell Simmons has delivered a message from President Barack Obama to young Americans as part of a recent MySpace "takeover" by the rap mogul.
The event Simmons participated in was a Myspace Hijack, a program that allows celebrities to play the "Editor-in-Chief" of the social media site. Simmons used the time to read a statement that President Obama sent after his State of the Union speech, discussing the American Dream, student loans, the Affordable Care Act and more.
"Over the past week, I have had the great pleasure of taking over Myspace, which was supposed to end on Thursday, But I just couldn’t let it go," Simmons wrote in a statement. "I have shared my musical influences, exclusive excerpts from my new book, Super Rich, inspiring content from GlobalGrind, the best in art and culture, and even a little yoga. I couldn’t let go because I had one more thing to share.
Nothing makes me prouder than what I received late last night from a hero of mine, the President Of The United States, Barack Obama, and I am overjoyed to deliver his exclusive message to young people of this great nation. As we move forward, let us move forward together as one."
The President’s message covered several topics for the future leaders of our world. Read below:
“I’ve always believed that here in America, every young person should be able to set goals and reach them; to discover their passions and follow them; and to earn their piece of the American Dream. That’s why, during the last two years, my Administration has worked hard to give people like you the opportunities you need to reach your potential and win the future.
We passed the Affordable Care Act that allows young people to stay on their parents health care plan until they’re 26 – allowing more time to find a job that carries insurance. We reformed the student loan system to put billions of dollars back into the pockets of students paying for college instead of watching it pad the profits of big banks. We’ve invested in clean energy and encouraged a generation of innovators working to start the companies and build the technologies of the future. We’ve ended combat operations in Iraq and brought more than 90,000 troops home from the battlefield, and also made sure they get the care they have earned when they got back. And, even though there’s still a tremendous amount of work to be done, I promise that every decision I make in the years ahead will be made with you in mind. Each of you represents our hope for this country. Your generation will be the one leading America into the future. And if we do our part, I know you’ll make us proud.”
~President Barack Obama