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If anyone can improve the trash fire that is 2020, it’s Barack Obama.

To celebrate the release of his new book, A Promised Land, Obama put in a special appearance on Penguin Teen’s TikTok account. In the clip, the former president says, “This book expresses the incredible hope I have in you. Take this and pass it on.”

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Obama passes the book to someone offscreen, which has understandably inspired other TikTok users to duet with the original video.


Take this, and pass it on ##PassTheBook ##PassAPromisedLand ##BarackObama ##PresidentObama ##APromisedLand ##Booktok ##fyp

♬ original sound – Penguin Teen

##duet with @penguin_teen Now, I have Mr. president and our First Lady together on my shelves. ##PassAPromisedLand ##PassABook ##ad ##booktok ##BarackObama

♬ original sound – Penguin Teen

As well as promoting his new memoir, Obama has been celebrating Joe Biden’s success in the election. Following the news that Biden had triumphed, Obama released a statement congratulating his former-vice president. “Congratulations to my friends,  @JoeBiden  and  @KamalaHarris —our next President and Vice President of the United States,” he tweeted.

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“I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden,” he continued. “I also couldn’t be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala’s groundbreaking election as our next Vice President.”

“In this election, under circumstances never experienced, Americans turned out in numbers never seen,” Obama wrote. “And once every vote is counted, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory.”

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Looking to the future, Obama said, “Because when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has — a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril.”

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.