Former President Barack Obama joined Charles Barkley and Shaq to have a discussion about the importance of the COVID vaccine. Obama sat down virtually with Chuck and Shaq as a part of ATTN:’s “Roll Up Your Sleeves” special on NBC. The goal was to educate the public on some of the misconceptions of the vaccine. However, Obama didn’t do so without taking some shots at the one and only Charles Barkley.
Before he got down to business, Obama joked with Barkley and Shaq. He laughed saying that Shaq endorses every business on the planet. Well, when you’ve got his kind of money you can endorse pretty much anyone you want. And then came the fat jokes directed at Charles Barkley.
Obama congratulated Barkley on his daughter’s recent wedding and brought up the fact that Charles said he wanted to slim down for the event. Although, he couldn’t do so without making a joke at Barkley’s expense. “You also felt like you need to get in shape because The Hora (the traditional Jewish dance) … when you’re lifting the chair, nobody could do that at your current weight!”, said Obama.
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Despite the jokes, it was all good fun between Obama and the two former NBA stars. Obama had quite a bit to say about the vaccine, but here is the gist of it.
“A lot of young people think … ‘Even if I get COVID, it’s like a bad cold.’ But part of what we’re seeing now is there is a different strain of the virus that’s come over. That’s not the dominant variant and it’s actually hitting young people harder than the original version.”
The bottom line is that we are still learning about the virus even a year later. I think it would be in your best interest to listen to Obama’s advice and take the vaccine whenever it becomes available to you.