Barack Obama delivers message at Chance the Rapper concert.
Chance The Rapper kicked off a busy weekend on Saturday, August 12, when he was able to wave to and interact with thousands as this year's Grand Marshall at the 88th annual Bud Billiken Parade (the largest and oldest African American parade in the nation). But as proud of a moment as that might have been for the Chicagoan, it was arguably not the highlight of his day, thanks to the Chi-Town youth he so highly covets and former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Chance had a free concert lined up where Future and Jeremih were invited to play selections from their catalogs. It was quite a way to reward the people with some entertainment after rewarding 30,000 school age kids with backpacks courtesy of his SocialWorks charity earlier in the day. A Chicago native, willing to come back and represent at a Black parade, give out school supplies, and then perform a free concert with some of hip hop's hottest stars is just the kind of guy a local politician would want to meet these days. And although former Illinois Senator Obama wasn't there in person to give the son of his former aide a pat on the back, he did show up on the big screen.
"We want to make sure our kids are safe, we want to make sure that they are ready to go back to school,” Obama said in a message delivered via video. "We want to make sure that we are nurturing and protecting and encouraging and loving the next generation of leaders all throughout the city of Chicago. So, Chance, I'm grateful for everything that you've done on behalf of the young people back home."