Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hope from a Wise President

President Obama has been such a good, wise president.

His words to encourage his daughters not to give up hope after the election are so heartening.

I can't keep up the faith that he has--but I will try harder.

In an interview with David Remick of The New Yorker, he spoke these words regarding his encouragement to his daughters: 
“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.”

You find places to push to keep it moving forward.

Okay, Mr. President.  I will not despair.

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