President Barack Obama is “friending” the Iranians with more than just a dubious nuclear agreement. Now he’s even sending them Facebook messages.
You’d think he were running for president of Iran.
On Thursday, the Humans of New York Facebook page posted a picture of a 10-year-old Iranian boy with his father in which his father tells the photographer, Brandon Stanton, when he knew he was “raising a humanitarian.”
“Today’s his tenth birthday. He’s a very emotional young man. He likes to solve other people’s problems. One time when he was five years old, he came with me to the store and we bought two pounds of fresh apricots. I let him carry the bag home. He walked a little bit behind me the entire way. After awhile, I asked him to hand me an apricot. ‘I can’t,’ he said. ‘I’ve given them all away.’ I knew then that I was raising a humanitarian.”
Obama was so moved by this that he personally, under the official White House Facebook account, commented on the photo.
What an inspirational story. One of the most fulfilling things that can happen to you as a parent is to see the values you’ve worked to instill in your kids start to manifest themselves in their actions – and this one really resonated with me. I hope this young man never loses his desire to help others. And I’m going to continue doing whatever I can to make this world a place where he and every young person like him can live up to their full potential. (And if I ever get to meet him, I hope he’ll save me an apricot!) –bo
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