A recent photograph of an Iranian father and his young son posted to the popular “Humans of New York” Facebook page caught the attention of US President Barack Obama.
And on Thursday, Obama – who is presiding over the biggest thaw in US-Iranian relations in decades – left a comment on the post, saying it “really resonated” with him.
In the original post, the Iranian father wrote about how he knew he was “raising a humanitarian” when he realized his then-5-year-old son had given away 2 pounds of fresh apricots on their walk home.
In his subsequent comment, Obama called it an “inspirational story.”
“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,” he said. “And this one really resonated with me.”
Obama’s comment from the White House account, signed “-bo,” is below:
- Facebook/Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind “Humans of New York,” is currently traveling in Iran, where he has been posting the stories of ordinary Iranians. Obama’s comment on the post came a day after he secured enough vote commitments from Democratic US senators to ensure that the deal on Iran’s nuclear program would sail through Congress unscathed.
Part of Obama’s gung-ho support for the nuclear deal is the bet that the country’s citizens will lead it down a more moderate path by the time its provisions expire 10 to 15 years down the road. Obama alluded to this sentiment in his post.
“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,” Obama wrote.
The original post is below: