It was a number – a phone number to be precise – with a simple message from the former president: Write to me.
Before we get into what happens when you do it, let’s talk about why he did that.
Election day is approaching and early voting is already underway in various states in the country.
With a record number of voters expected to vote by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, Obama wants to know how you are doing and how you plan to vote this year.
“All right, let’s try something new,” wrote Obama in a post that was published on various social media platforms. “If you’re in the US, text me at 773-365-9687 – I’d like to hear how you are, what you think, and how you want to vote this year.”
“I will be in touch from time to time to share what concerns me,” he added.
Obama’s mail was accompanied by a picture of him and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, looking at a phone.
But the former president isn’t the only one in the Obama budget trying to get in touch with voters.
Here’s what happens when you call
Obama may have shared a number, but actually it isn’t his personal phone number.
After three rings you will hear an all too familiar voice of the former president.
“Hello, it’s Barack Obama,” he says. “Text me and I will text you from time to time. I look forward to hearing from you.”
Write the same number and you will get an answer immediately.
“Hey! It’s Barack. Click the link to sign up so I can reply to you directly. I won’t be able to accomplish anything, but I’ll get in touch with you to share.” what concerns me and what I want to hear from you too. Let’s do that. “
To sign up, enter your name, gender, birthday and city. Entering your email address is optional.