The footballer, who has made a name for himself campaigning for free school meals, was introduced to Obama by Penguin Books who publish the politician.
They talked about shared experiences including being raised by single mothers and a love of reading.
Obama said: “A lot of the young people I meet — including Marcus — they’re ahead of where I was when I was 23. They’re already making changes and being positive forces in their communities.”
Rashford, 23, last year spearheaded a prominent campaign to tackle child food poverty in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.
It led to 1.7million vulnerable children being supported by a £520million Government scheme and other projects have helped deliver 130million meals.
He has also launched a food education and cooking project for children, ‘Full Time Meals’.
The politician told Rashford how “even if you do something positive on a small scale, that’s making a difference, and it’s the accumulation of people doing positive things over time that makes us a little bit better with each successive generation.“
Rashford said: “I mean, it’s quite surreal isn’t it? I’m sitting in my kitchen in Manchester, speaking to President Obama. But, immediately, he made me feel at ease. It wasn’t long before I realised just how aligned our experiences as children were in shaping the men you see today – adversity, obstacles and all. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. When President Obama speaks, all you want to do is listen.”
The striker hit the headlines this week when he revealed he was bombarded with racist messages following Manchester United’s defeat in the Europa League final.
He said he could accept criticism of his performance but not racist “ape, monkey, baboon, banana, jungle talk”.
The full conversation will be available on Penguin UK’s You Tube channel at 2pm today and also released as a podcast.