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Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:46 PM

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Gary Lee‏ @whoisgarylee
1. I’ve never tweeted before but today felt like a good day to start.


2. President Trump made a lot of upsetting remarks this week including this one. “Where are you from?” is a question that many Asian Americans dread. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/world/2018/1/12/16885546/trump-asian-american-intelligence-briefing




3. This struck a chord with me not only bc I’m Korean-American, but also bc I worked at the White House, for President Obama. I left the WH in 2011 for a Fulbright scholarship in Korea. President Obama knew I was leaving to learn more about the culture and language of my parents.


4. On my last day, I went into the Oval Office and POTUS greeted me by saying, "안녕하세요". Hello, in Korean. I’m lucky bc @PeteSouza captured that exact moment.




5. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to work in public service. It was a lifelong dream to be in government. But I didn't know anyone in politics.


6. In early 2007, my senior year of college, I mailed my resume and a cover letter in a manila envelope to the Obama for America headquarters in Chicago. Two weeks before graduation, I received a phone call that a correspondence volunteer had found my letter in a mail pile.


7. She gave my letter to her boss, who then called and asked if I wanted to move to Chicago to work on the campaign. That's how I got hired on the campaign. That's how I ended up at the White House. That's how I got to work for President Barack Obama.


8. After my departure photo with POTUS, I left the Oval Office in a daze and ran into @kalpenn in the West Wing lobby. I recounted the interaction with the president and he started tearing up. "Why are you crying?" I asked.


9. He replied, "think about what you just said. How incredible that is. On your last day of work at the White House, after your years of service, the first African-American president greeted you in your parents' native language." I started crying too.

Gary Lee @whoisgarylee

10. My parents could never have fathomed such an idea. My mom came to the US when she was 18, my father when he was 26. They worked multiple full-time and part-time jobs, opened a small business, and at one point, had only $20 in their checking account.


11. They made incalculable sacrifices so their sons could have the opportunities they never had. They sacrificed so we could achieve whatever we wanted to. They could have never imagined that their eldest son would work in the White House.


12. In what other country is that even possible? In what other country are you allowed to dream, and despite all odds, pursue and achieve your dreams? In what country could a chubby, 90s Hip Hop and R&B-loving Asian kid from NM end up working for @BarackObama?


13. What a beautiful, incredible nation of immigrants we are. 🇺🇸


14. Happy Korean-American Day and MLK weekend. As Dr. King said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -end-


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also read::


Living the dream
BY Gary Lee
November 17, 2011
https://news.usc.edu/27628/Living-the-Dream/

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Reply Thread day (don't miss this one) (Original post)
bigtree Jan 2018 OP
Glorfindel Jan 2018 #1
sheshe2 Jan 2018 #2
Cracklin Charlie Jan 2018 #3
Wounded Bear Jan 2018 #4
cp Jan 2018 #5
riversedge Jan 2018 #6
Hekate Jan 2018 #7
question everything Jan 2018 #8
FM123 Jan 2018 #9
yuiyoshida Jan 2018 #30
Lochloosa Jan 2018 #31
FM123 Jan 2018 #34
TNNurse Jan 2018 #10
keithbvadu2 Jan 2018 #11
BadgerMom Jan 2018 #12
PunkinPi Jan 2018 #13
SCVDem Jan 2018 #14
Farmer-Rick Jan 2018 #15
Persondem Jan 2018 #16
iluvtennis Jan 2018 #17
ChiTownDenny Jan 2018 #18
onethatcares Jan 2018 #19
Cha Jan 2018 #20
OverBurn Jan 2018 #21
seta1950 Jan 2018 #22
Motley13 Jan 2018 #24
yonder Jan 2018 #23
Blue Owl Jan 2018 #25
Lifelong Protester Jan 2018 #26
Honeycombe8 Jan 2018 #27
Upthevibe Jan 2018 #28
MLAA Jan 2018 #29
Stellar Jan 2018 #32
maddiemom Jan 2018 #33

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:53 PM

1. What a great story.

Thank you for posting it, bigtree.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:01 PM

2. Okay

I think I will tear up as well. Beautiful story.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:06 PM

3. Can Gary be President?

Please?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:10 PM

4. Great story!

Our nation is a better place because you are here.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:44 PM

5. This went right to my heart

This is what America means to me, something that's seemed, uh, distant this past year.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:49 PM

6. I missed this. Thanks for post.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:53 PM

7. That made me tear up

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:12 PM

8. I don't think that any of the terms that we use for Whiny Donny: boorish, obnoxious, ignorant -

none is adequate enough to describe him.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:17 PM

9. Thank you Gary Lee! You are an inspiration to us all - especially those of us

who have faces that seem to "inspire" folks to keep asking us where we're really from.

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Response to FM123 (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:49 AM

30. I still get it, and am also asked

"Do you speak English?"

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #30)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 10:00 AM

31. That was funny but sad at the same time.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #30)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 02:15 PM

34. Yep!

Or wow, you speak English so well!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:18 PM

10. The only bad thing about this story

is that there are too many who would not understand how wonderful it is.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:22 PM

11. Where are you from? - How about you, Donald?

“Where are you from?”- How about you, Donald?

Trump Mocks Warren’s Native American Heritage Claim, But Falsely Claimed His Family Was Swedish

https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/trump-mocks-warrens-native-american-heritage-claim-but-false?utm_term=.hrN5grRZ6#.nn8b1XG0m


http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/26/nyregion/fred-c-trump-postwar-master-builder-of-housing-for-middle-class-dies-at-93.html

Donald needs to start using his REAL last name, Drumpf.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:34 PM

12. K and R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:41 PM

13. K&R, thanks for posting. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:53 PM

14. Sweet!

My contacts feel better when wet.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:56 PM

15. Thank you for sharing that with us

It brought tears to my eyes.

We use to be a country founded on ideas not race or ethnicity or what one looks like. Your story gives me hope we will be an idealistic nation again.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:03 PM

16. Great story. Thank you for posting it. K & R nt

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Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:14 PM

17. Nice! Love it.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:28 PM

18. What an inspiration!

Thank you for sharing your story.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:59 PM

19. my mascara is running into my eyes

and I'm not wearing any.

What a good man the previous President of the United States is.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 04:13 PM

20. Gary Lee's Tweet had me crying, too.

Mahalo for this, bigtree

President Obama

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 04:46 PM

21. Awesome Story, Thanks for Sharing.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 04:46 PM

22. 😢

I had tears in my eyes,I miss President Obama’s and his decency 😢😢😢

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Response to seta1950 (Reply #22)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 08:44 PM

24. decency is a thing of the past

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 08:03 PM

23. K&R

Thanks so much, good story and photo too. Made my day!

Tiocfaidh Ár Lá

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 08:46 PM

25. Barack Obama: All Class

donald trump: Huge Ass

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Sat Jan 13, 2018, 11:26 PM

26. I miss President Obama.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 11:58 PM

27. An amazing post. Another horrible thing that Trump asked/said. Horrible. Shameful.

He brings shame to the office every day.

A wonderful post!

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #27)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 01:41 AM

28. Wonderful story...Thank you for sharing. n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 02:08 AM

29. Wonderful story about a wonderful child of immigrants and a wonderful president. Thx for posting.

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Sun Jan 14, 2018, 10:15 AM

32. Why is it that Trump thinks every nationality knows one another well?



He wanted April Ryan to set up a meeting for him with the black cacus because she enquired about him meeting with them.

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Response to Stellar (Reply #32)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 12:01 PM

33. Isn't Trump originally from Queens?

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