Statesmanship – Obama and the kids

In the midst of some pretty ugly politicing going on in the US at present, focusing pathologically around President Obama, I loved the little story of the 10 year-old girl who got a note from the President to take to her teacher when she skipped school to go with her dad to a townhall meeting to ask Obama a question.

And I love this little snippet from ABC news yesterday…

Boy to Obama: Why do people hate you?

Posted Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:20pm AEDT

ObamaUS President Barack Obama got a blunt question from an unexpected quarter on Thursday – a daring nine-year-old boy who asked; “Why do people hate you?”

Mr Obama, caught up in a divisive political row over his plans for health care reform, called on Tyren Scott in a public meeting during his first visit to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans as president.

“I have to say, why do people hate you? They supposed to love you. God is love,” Tyren, from Paulina, Louisiana asked.

Mr Obama appeared tickled by the question saying “Hey, that’s what I’m talking about,” adding “I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me now … I got a whole lot of votes.

“If you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody’s just getting mad all the time. And you know, I think that you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what’s called politics.”


~ by Garry on October 18, 2009.

2 Responses to “Statesmanship – Obama and the kids”

  1. I have to say…I like the way Obama thinks. I appreciate his rhetoric….I am a fan.
    We will see what comes of his first victory, or failure, with reform.

  2. the healthcare reform debate, it seems to me as an outsider, is just a trigger for deep psychological pathologies in the USA – symbolising the seismic shifts between the USA of the late 20th century and the USA of the early 21st century – otherwise I cannot for the life of me make sense of the hysteria President Obama and his ideas seems to have generated. A swathe of Americans seem absolutely incensed that their ‘socialist’ President is respected throughout the world, and I think, despite President Carter’s assertion, that your President’s racial identity actually makes it more difficult for many Republican Americans to be honest about their feelings, fearing ‘racist’ recriminations.
    Anyway, good luck over there. These are interesting times.
    I agree with you, though. You have one hell of a smart cookie in the White House.

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