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Stephen Curry Talks Democracy, Leadership, And Hoops With Barack Obama

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Stephen Curry At The Warriors Victory Parade in 2017

With the basketball season just weeks away, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry found time, Wednesday, to talk with former President Barack Obama in a public chat.

Curry has gotten in the habit of using his celebrity in the public interest. In March, near the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, he interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci on Instagram Live, drawing nearly 50,000 viewers. He recently started a video series called “State of Inspiration” where he has interviewed former Georgia Representative Stacey Abrams on the importance of voting and Bill Gates on the work of his foundation.

On Wednesday, Curry asked Obama how people can continue the social justice movement that gained momentum this summer. The former president reminded viewers that just because the election is over, change is not guaranteed. 

“Democracy is this constant process, and you’re never done.”

Their conversation wasn't entirely political. On Halloween a video of Obama sinking a three pointer at a Joe Biden campaign rally went viral. What was memorable was what he said as he walked off the court.

"That's what I do!" exclaimed Obama.  

Curry laughed at the former president's swagger. With the next NBA season starting December 22nd, the two-time NBA MVP asked a favor.  

"Can I borrow 'That's what I do?'" asked Curry.  

Curry himself has been active with the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation he started with his wife, Ayesha, in 2019. It works to make sure children in Oakland have access to education, food, and places to play.  The foundation says it and its partners have provided over 12 million meals to Oakland children and their families in 2020.

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