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A Kid Pretends To Be Obama — It's Hilarious. The Message? Not So Much.

Sometimes it takes a group of kids to show us where adults are going horribly wrong. But while you're giggling at the eight kids in this video, remember: They've just taken an issue we often make way too complicated and delivered it straight to us on a silver platter. Now if only we could get our big world leaders to follow suit...

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FACT CHECK TIME! We're totally on board with the overall message of this vid, but there are a couple of things we want to clarify:


  • The latest United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report indicates that closer to 1 in 9 people in the world are chronically undernourished. Yay progress!
  • The G8 became the G7 in March 2014 when Russia was excluded from the group. Different number, same idea.

I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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