Voter shares adorable video of Obama chatting to her new baby on the phone while canvassing for Biden

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Sunday 01 November 2020 14:45
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(Barack Obama, Twitter)

With just two days left until the election, volunteers are rallying to cold-call voters and remind them to vote.

One such volunteer for the Biden camp is none other than President Barack Obama, who posted on Twitter about his efforts to try and encourage others to do the same.

But it's the video he tweeted out which has caused a stir, as the recipient of his call reposted the footage.

Alyssa Camerota, from Pittsburgh, Pensylvania – a key swing state which Biden is currently leading in – said she "had a panic attack" when she answered the phone with her eight-month-old baby in the background and heard the former president's voice on the other end of the line.

In the footage, Obama says:

Hey Alyssa, this is Barack Obama. I used to be the president, you remember? So I am doing phone banking for Joe Biden, and you're one of the people I'm calling. How are you doing?

Audibly shocked, Camerota replies: "Oh my god. I'm having a panic attack!"

Obama continues:

Don't! Uh oh. All I want to do is to remind you that election day is Tuesday and this is going to be a really close election. And I'd love for you to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala and if you don't know your polling location I can give it to you, and give you any information that you need.

Camerota goes on to confirm that she is "so excited to vote for them" and that she is reaching out to friends and family. Obama replies:

OK, you tell them that Barack specifically asked them to please vote.

At this point, it seems Obama's job is done. But then he hears a baby in the background and asks who's there. Camerota replies that it's her son Jackson who's eight months old.

Obama replies:

Eight months old! So you've got a new guy in the house. Well he sounds like he's either hungry, needs his diaper changed, or just doesn't like mom giving attention to somebody else.

Camerota explains that as soon as she's on a call, Jackson begins to chat too, saying "I think he just wants to talk!"

Obama then does what we can surely imagine every president doing (lol) and says:

Well that may be it! You know if you want to put him on the phone I'm happy to talk to him... Hey Jacks! What's going on man? Do what your mom says. I would chat to you for quite some time but when you have eight months old, you can't be on the phone for two long.

The call wraps up and at this point we can only imagine Obama continuing to call voters to chat to gurgling babies because why not.

To say people were in awe would be an understatement.

Camerota's shocked response was pretty relatable.

Many shared their own positive experiences of meeting Barack Obama.

And in others it sparked nostalgia for the bygone age of Obama.

People couldn't help but imagine how things would have gone if it had been a different president calling instead.

Let this be a lesson to us all: don't screen your calls.

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