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jodymarie aimee

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Tue Feb 28, 2017, 07:02 PM Feb 2017

This is what Obama told Sasha and Malia the day after the election [View all]

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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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
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