Ex-Presidents Urge Americans to Get Vaccinated in Ad Campaign

Four former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter — and their wives have joined a national campaign push for all Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as possible.

The Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative produced two PSAs featuring the former presidents and first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter — all of whom have been vaccinated.

“This vaccine means hope,” Obama said in one of the ads. “It will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease.”

The 60-second commercial shows the presidents talking about their most anticipated post-pandemic plans.

Obama, 59, said he wants to hug his mother-in-law on her birthday while Clinton, 74, wants to “go back to work” and “be able to move around.” Bush, 74, once a part-owner of the Texas Rangers, spoke of attending an Opening Day game at the team’s Globe Life Field “with a full stadium.”

Carter, the oldest living president in U.S. history at 96, said he got inoculated to help end the pandemic “as soon as possible.”

The video shows the first couples getting their shots and urging Americans to do the same.

Another 30-second spot shows Obama, Bush and Clinton at Arlington National Cemetery encouraging vaccinations after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

President Trump and wife Melania did not take part in the project. The Ad Council said the ex-presidents’ project began in December while Trump was still in office, and he skipped the Biden inauguration when the second ad was shot.

A Trump aide said the Trumps were inoculated before the Biden inauguration, The Associated Press reported.

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