Obama’s surprise Facebook comment: Story of Iranian father and son ‘really resonated with me’
President Barack Obama weighed in on a post on the popular “Humans of New York” online photo series on Thursday, offering kind words for an Iranian father and his 10-year-old son, Business Insider reported.
“What an inspirational story,” Obama stated in a comment listed under the White House Facebook account. “One of the most fulfilling things that can happen to you as a parent is to see the values you’ve worked to instill in your kids start to manifest themselves in their actions — and this one really resonated with me.”
Photographer Brandon Stanton highlighted the man, identified as Tabriz and his son as part of his recent series of portraits of Iranians. Tabriz explains in the post that his son “likes to solve other people’s problems,” mentioning one moment five years ago.
“He came with me to the store and we bought two pounds of fresh apricots,” Tabriz told Stanton. “I let him carry the bag home. He walked a little bit behind me the entire way. After awhile, I asked him to hand me an apricot. ‘I can’t,’ he said. ‘I’ve given them all away.’ I knew then that I was raising a humanitarian.”
The original post, which has been shared nearly 25,000 times, can be seen below:
The president commented that he hoped Tabriz’s son would never lose that desire to help others.
“I’m going to continue doing whatever I can to make this world a place where he and every young person like him can live up to their full potential. (And if I ever get to meet him, I hope he’ll save me an apricot!),” the comment read, followed by the initials “bo,” signifying it came from Obama.
The surprise comment came a day after Reuters reported that Obama secured enough votes to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution opposing his proposed nuclear weapons agreement with Iran. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) signaled her support of the deal, giving Obama the 34 votes needed to sustain the veto.