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jodymarie aimee

(3,975 posts)
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 07:02 PM Feb 2017

This is what Obama told Sasha and Malia the day after the election



After Donald Trump was elected president, many Americans who didn’t support him were shocked by his victory, frightened of what was to come, and mournful of the end of President Obama’s term. Parents in that position in particular have struggled with talking to their children about what a Trump presidency means.

In a sprawling new interview in The New Yorker, President Obama shared with David Remnick what he told his own daughters, Sasha and Malia, in the aftermath of Trump’s win:


“What I say to them is that people are complicated,” Obama told me. “Societies and cultures are really complicated … This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding. And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn’t stop … You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, O.K., where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.”


A pep talk for everyone.



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This is what Obama told Sasha and Malia the day after the election (Original Post) jodymarie aimee Feb 2017 OP
Just when I thought I was over him, he brings me back in... Eliot Rosewater Feb 2017 #1
Perfect statement about Obama. rwsanders Feb 2017 #25
O underpants Feb 2017 #2
Love this one Hekate Feb 2017 #11
This must go viral. DK504 Feb 2017 #14
Oh my Pacifist Patriot Feb 2017 #18
that is fantastic NewJeffCT Feb 2017 #27
I've seen other versions but this is very well done. underpants Feb 2017 #28
Thank you for this! We sure needed it right now! Rhiannon12866 Mar 2017 #34
Never saw this before, love it! Canoe52 Feb 2017 #32
There should be a provision on DU canetoad Feb 2017 #3
I sure needed that pep talk on Jan. 21. louis-t Feb 2017 #4
That one would be very popular here! Rhiannon12866 Mar 2017 #35
Thank you President Obama Achilleaze Feb 2017 #5
I miss his dignity and intellect. We went from that to 🤡 bronxiteforever Feb 2017 #6
Maybe it was inevitable. Maybe we have Dolt45 BECAUSE we had Obama. randome Mar 2017 #41
Oh Obama, why can't I quit you??? Marie Marie Feb 2017 #7
I went to Senator Wyden town halls the past two Saturdays. He is positive like Obama; Amaryllis Feb 2017 #8
Just to bring a bit of darkness to this wonderful thread about Obama erronis Feb 2017 #9
I needed to hear that. mountain grammy Feb 2017 #10
That's why it frustrates me to see nasty comments Ilsa Feb 2017 #15
+1000! BlueMTexpat Mar 2017 #37
reminds me of JFK and RFK oldcynic Feb 2017 #12
Obama is a gift from the gods. Truly a special human. His leadership will be sorely missed. southerncrone Feb 2017 #13
K&R... spanone Feb 2017 #16
Love you President Obama luvMIdog Feb 2017 #17
He became a great President by starting as a great human being. n/t. NNadir Feb 2017 #19
Brilliant! Bob Loblaw Feb 2017 #26
Be my guest. n/t. NNadir Feb 2017 #31
There are many more enlightened beings around than we realize... President Obama is one. BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2017 #20
I'd like to hear what he and Michelle said to each other when they realized Trump won. milestogo Feb 2017 #21
K&R smirkymonkey Feb 2017 #22
... and healthcare is complicated ashling Feb 2017 #23
We went from one of our greatest Presidents to an idiot. nt Blue_true Feb 2017 #24
Beautiful... needed that right now. Silver Gaia Feb 2017 #29
Thanks for posting this, jodymarie aimee. calimary Feb 2017 #30
Obama dogandturtlemom Mar 2017 #33
That is the essential difference BlueMTexpat Mar 2017 #36
Thanks, I really needed that. anniebelle Mar 2017 #38
No wonder the French only half joking want to run him for their president!!! n/t Bluetail Mar 2017 #39
There was....... MyOwnPeace Mar 2017 #40
The 22nd amendment sucks MrPurple Mar 2017 #42
Wow Fatemah2774 Mar 2017 #43
Link available? HopeAgain Mar 2017 #44
This message was self-deleted by its author The Wielding Truth Mar 2017 #45
So he never questioned the result? ecstatic Mar 2017 #46
Maybe for a split second ... FakeNoose Mar 2017 #47

Eliot Rosewater

(31,022 posts)
1. Just when I thought I was over him, he brings me back in...
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 07:04 PM
Feb 2017

But seriously, I know he is a politician, I know he is an establishment politician, but dear god what an amazing man.








What an absolute disgrace we go from him to that vile filth in the office now.

Rhiannon12866

(200,094 posts)
35. That one would be very popular here!
Wed Mar 1, 2017, 03:41 AM
Mar 2017

I find the one I'm most often using these days is this one ------>

 

randome

(34,845 posts)
41. Maybe it was inevitable. Maybe we have Dolt45 BECAUSE we had Obama.
Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:41 AM
Mar 2017

The messy, chemically-based pendulum swung all the way opposite.

But I do believe that Dolt45 and the GOP will ultimately fail.
[hr][font color="blue"][center]Treat your body like a machine. Your mind like a castle.[/center][/font][hr]

Amaryllis

(9,520 posts)
8. I went to Senator Wyden town halls the past two Saturdays. He is positive like Obama;
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 07:42 PM
Feb 2017

always focusing on what can be done; what we are working for. Not as much charisma as Obama but similar message. I was only going to go to the first T.H. but left so inspired that I went to one the following Saturday too. One woman said she was feeling hopeless, and he said don't be hopeless and pointed out the extraordinary grass roots movement that is happening. Last Saturday was his 800th town hall since he was elected and he said he's never seen anything like what he is seeing now - the energy and passion of people turning out in droves; many attending Town Halls for the first time ever. (Me)

erronis

(14,639 posts)
9. Just to bring a bit of darkness to this wonderful thread about Obama
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 07:45 PM
Feb 2017

And you know what I'm talking about. I won't mention it.

A soul-crushing, mind-jolting, expectoration of negative/evil/putrid orange excrescence. Now the official color of the whole f'in repuglican potty.

Even if Mr. O was the devil born somewhere outside of some border, I just loved watching his moves, his smile, and his mastery of words.

Unlike the crapola that is shitting on the US presidency and the rest of government. Well done, pute.

mountain grammy

(26,438 posts)
10. I needed to hear that.
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 07:52 PM
Feb 2017

This is an amazing man. I will fight anyone who disrespects him. Disagree if you want, I often did, but never disrespect this man; a Harvard grad with high honors who could have his pick of any high paying, high powered law firm, went to work for the people. Remember that! Went to work for the people.

Now I hope I can live up to his ideals.

Ilsa

(61,626 posts)
15. That's why it frustrates me to see nasty comments
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 08:38 PM
Feb 2017

Smearing him and Michelle on other boards or forums. It's one thing to disagree with his politics. Butersonal attacks are unwarranted . He and Michelle have comported themselves better than any president in my lifetime.

BlueMTexpat

(15,320 posts)
37. +1000!
Wed Mar 1, 2017, 06:14 AM
Mar 2017

I likely have already failed because I STILL cannot feel it within me to forgive Trump voters and enablers.

But Prez O STILL continues to inspire!

southerncrone

(5,506 posts)
13. Obama is a gift from the gods. Truly a special human. His leadership will be sorely missed.
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 08:33 PM
Feb 2017

The extreme contrast between his kindness & the orange ogre's hate is striking. We have taken 1000 steps backward, but in Obama's spirit, we must keep marching forward...in spite of the enormous rock slide on our path.
Hats off to you, Mr President 44.

BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)
20. There are many more enlightened beings around than we realize... President Obama is one.
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 08:54 PM
Feb 2017

I wanna explain, when I say enlightened people here in this context, I mean people who are pretty consistently wise, courageous, compassionate...and who *can* get up again and again and again, undaunted.

Doesn't necessarily mean famous, nor historically significant. Regular people can and do aspire to live that way.


Anyway, so aside from that....it takes a special kind of person to be the example that President Obama embodies.

Silver Gaia

(4,471 posts)
29. Beautiful... needed that right now.
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 10:07 PM
Feb 2017

My daughter calls him "Daddy Obama" because she says he always knows the just right thing to say to make us feel better, inspire us, give us the support we need... just like any good father does for his children. And here we have it in the very words he used to help his own children understand and be inspired to do the work.

dogandturtlemom

(41 posts)
33. Obama
Wed Mar 1, 2017, 01:44 AM
Mar 2017

He is incredible. If I had children, I hope I would be so wise. I will support my grand nephews and nieces in this direction.

anniebelle

(899 posts)
38. Thanks, I really needed that.
Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:33 AM
Mar 2017

I will fight, resist, expose this tyrant any way I can. I'm pretty limited here in my wheelchair and solitude, but I can give money, sign petitions, tell anyone that's willing to listen (even some who are not willing, but they're going to hear it from me anyway). I just hope there are enough "good Americans" to resist this fascist regime and dig us out of this nightmare. My only connection to the outside world is my computer, but I can hunt for the 'real' news and it's not that hard to find. No, I have no sympathy for the GOP, their enablers or even Democrats who will absolutely not go to the polls at every opportunity ~ I don't care if it's just voting for dog catcher. I've never missed a one in over 50 years even though for the past several years I've had to rely upon others to help me get there ~ there just are NO excuses for not voting!

MyOwnPeace

(16,848 posts)
40. There was.......
Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:33 AM
Mar 2017

the pride and pleasure to hear him speak after the MAJORITY of Americans had placed him in the White House - and to hear well-thought out sentences after 8 years of "W" (I'm not gonna' be too harsh about "W" - even he's starting to look "better" now!).
And then, we get this bumbling liar...........................

Fatemah2774

(245 posts)
43. Wow
Wed Mar 1, 2017, 11:08 AM
Mar 2017

I can only say wow...and I say with pride that he is my favorite president in my lifetime, and quite possibly our country. Sure beats the orange zest man child in the Oval Office now.

Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

FakeNoose

(32,007 posts)
47. Maybe for a split second ...
Wed Mar 1, 2017, 02:53 PM
Mar 2017

but I doubt he discussed it with his daughters.
You know, he has to keep some stuff to himself.

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