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Obama Gives Advice To Malia And Sasha Post-Election

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The first thing I did after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States was call my parents in tears. I asked them, "What's next? What could we possibly do from here?"

Of course, they were able to give me a few words of comfort and optimistic assurance about the daunting situation ahead.

However, it never occurred to me President Obama's daughters would have the same reaction to the Trump presidency I would.

Obama made sure to give them the vital advice needed to cope with the shocking results.

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In an article from The New Yorker that will be released on November 28, David Remnick asked Obama how he spoke with his daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama, after a slew of racial incidents took place post-election.

He responded,

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.

I'M SOBBING.

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Obama continued, saying,

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, OK, where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.

Bravo, Mr. President.

Although these words were directed at his daughters, we can all take his advice and run with it.

He's right: In times like these, we must be decent human beings, and we must treat people with kindness and respect.

It's the only way we'll make it through.

Citations: Business Insider