Leave it to President Obama to give us the slightest bit of hope following a disastrous election.
In an in-depth interview with The New Yorker, Obama discussed how he confronted the enormousness of the election with his daughters. In a nutshell, he told them: Keep fighting.
“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.”
He added that while others are preparing like a natural disaster is coming our way, he certainly doesn’t believe a Trump presidency will be the end of the world.
“This is not the apocalypse. I don’t believe in apocalyptic—until the apocalypse comes. I think nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world”
We’re not sure the rest of the democratic party believes him.
But this is a new attitude for Obama. The President previously told an audience at Fayetteville State University, “All the progress that we’ve made these last eight years goes out the window if we don’t win this election!”
Now that the election is over, however, Obama sees things differently. It’s not that he “over-hyped” things, per se, but rather that he has a new perspective on the situation.
But no matter who the President-elect is, Obama remains hopeful that ordinary citizens can still make a difference, and that’s what he wants you to remember.
“The thing that I have always been convinced of, the running thread through my career, has been this notion that when ordinary people get engaged, pay attention, learn about the forces that affect their lives and are able to join up with others, good stuff happens.”