What President Obama Told His Daughters About A Trump Presidency
In an interview with “The New Yorker,” President Obama shares what he told Sasha and Malia after Trump won the election.
When Barack Obama was elected president, many people in this country, who couldn’t imagine a country with a man such as this in the White House, lost their collective minds. There were protests, Facebook arguments, threats of secession, talk of leaving the country, and a general call to arms.
Eight years later, when Donald J. Trump was elected president, many people in this country, who couldn’t imagine a country with a man such as this in the White House, lost their collective minds. There were protests, Facebook arguments, threats of secession, talk of leaving the country, and a general call to arms.
Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly the same thing, but there is a sense of impending doom and a shrouding dark cloud that hangs over the country — the liberal parts of the country this time.
Under that dark orange cloud, liberal parents are trying to explain to their children what a Trump presidency will mean.
In a long and informative interview in The New Yorker, President Obama shared what he told his own daughters, Sasha and Malia, in regards to Trump’s win:
What I say to them is that people are complicated. 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.’
Good advice for all of us.
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