When Donald Trump became President-elect many parents were saying that one of the dilemmas they had was explaining to their children that Donald Trump was our new President.
What we did not know is that President Obama was in the same predicament himself. In an interview with the New Yorker he told them that he had to break the news of the election to his teenage daughters and what a Trump Presidency might mean.
This is how POTUS broke the news to Sasha and Malia, Via The New Yorker
“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,” he said.
President Obama added: “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.”
He also went on to say that he and the other Democrats had no plans for a Trump presidency and though they were disappointed he did not see the appointment as apocalyptic:
“I don’t believe in apocalyptic—until the apocalypse comes. I think nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world,” he stressed.
And somehow in this darkness, our first Black President continues to have deep optimism and honed in that his optimism is not an act.
“Look, by dint of biography, by dint of experience, the basic optimism that I articulate and present publicly as President is real. It’s what I teach my daughters. It is how I interact with my friends and with strangers. I genuinely do not assume the worst, because I’ve seen the best so often. So it is a mistake that I think people have sometimes made to think that I’m just constantly biting my tongue and there’s this sort of roiling anger underneath the calm Hawaiian exterior,” he said.
“I’m not that good of an actor. I was born to a white mother, raised by a white mom and grandparents who loved me deeply. I’ve had extraordinarily close relationships with friends that have lasted decades. I was elected twice by the majority of the American people. Every day, I interact with people of good will everywhere,” POTUS concluded.
Just another reason why we are going to miss Obama terribly!