Macklemore, President Obama Weekly Address Video: Watch Joint Speech On Opioid Addiction
Macklemore made history on Saturday when he became the first non-administrative person to join President Obama for his weekly address. Together, the two delivered a speech about opioid addiction. Watch below.
Macklemore, who has been open about his struggles with drugs, revealed on Thursday that he met with the President at the White House. “Honored to be at @WhiteHouse with @mtv to talk to President Obama about opioid addiction. Really excited for this project. More to come soon,” he wrote on Instagram.
Now just two days later, the White House released President Obama’s usual Saturday address, focusing on the same subject. And sitting next to him in the video is Macklemore. “For those of you that don’t share the same love of hip-hop that I do,” Obama says while introducing the star, “he’s a Grammy-winning artist, but he is also an advocate giving voice to a disease that we too often just whisper about — the disease of addiction.”
Maklemore then speaks, “I’m here with President Obama because I take this personally. I have used prescription drugs and I have battled addiction. If I hadn’t gotten the help that I needed when I need it, I definitely would not be here today. And I want to help others facing the same challenges that I did.”
Together they went on to discuss the issue, and plans to tackle it. Macklemore is also working on a documentary about addiction with MTV, which will feature President Obama. Check out their joint address below.