Like many, President Barack Obama and his family were probably surprised by the 2016 election results. NY Magazine’s The Cut highlights a section from an interview President Obama did with The New Yorker where the President reveals what he told his daughters, Sasha and Malia, after it was announced Donald Trump would be the next President.
“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.”
His words are important for all, not just those that didn’t support Trump. They are a call to move forward and make a difference.