‘People are complicated,’ Obama told children after election result
After Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s one of the first moves was to console the Hillary Clinton supporters in the country.
The President was also was faced with the task of comforting his young daughters, Malia Ann Obama and Sasha Obama, after the result.
In an n interview with the New Yorker’s David Remnick, Obama briefly talked about what he told his daughters about the election result and the post-election reports of racial incidents in the country.
“What I say to them is that people are complicated,” Obama replied to Remnick’s question.
“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,” Obama added.
He also told his daughters that 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 consoled them.