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With President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama having vigorously campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential Election, how did the President explain the win of Donald Trump to his daughters?
In a profile with the New Yorker just days after the results were announced, David Remnick asked the President this very question.
“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,” the President replied.
The advice he gives his daughters rings true for every minority group who has felt they will be targeted by the Trump administration. Heads must be held high, and they must keep confronting those who spout bigotry, because it is unacceptable.
With the Obamas leaving the White House, we will no longer get to hear the fantastic speeches of both Barack and Michelle, many have which inspired the masses.