Today, December 1 is World AIDS Day. In conjunction with Jimmy Kimmel Live, President Obama made videotaped statements to observe the day and motivate viewers to continue a vigilant fight against the disease.
“This World AIDS Day, everyone has a role to play. Jimmy Kimmel’s not just a talk-show host, he’s an activist. Bono’s not just a musician, he’s ringmaster of a whole shopping extravaganza,” Obama said on the clip laced with humor and a big plug for the ongoing (RED) Shopathon that has been part of Jimmy Kimmel Live. (RED) is program founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver that raises funds through companies and individuals to help fight AIDS.
Our best Commander in Chief of recent years puts the AIDS situation into accurate perspective: “I know we live in a time when cable news and our Twitter feeds can make it feel like cynicism is everywhere. But when it comes to the fight against HIV/AIDS, there’s some genuinely good news to share. For the first time in history, more than half of all people living with the virus are on life-saving medication.”
He goes on to proclaim AIDS-related deaths have been cut in have since the peak of the pandemic, with over 20 million people worldwide on medication, enabling them to function and “raise HIV-free children.”
Obama credited the scores of dedicated people, living with HIV, working and contributing for years to achieve these medical advances in the fight against AIDS so that others would not have to suffer. He encouraged viewers to continue supporting the effort to work toward ending the disease for good, playfully promising them a chance to “pilot Air Force One for a day.” Keeping up the goof, a voice off camera informs him that is no longer permitted, so Obama promises to share his files on the aliens in exchange for charitable work. That down-to-earth humor is worth springing for a (RED) Shopathon purchase.
“You can help us win this fight. You can help us change lives and write a future full of progress and hope, so let’s all get to work,” Obama concluded, reminding the world what a world-class leader looks like.