You’ve all seen the video by now of little Tyren Scott, a fourth grader at a charter school in New Orleans, who got to ask President Obama the last question at the town hall meeting the President held there in his city.
“Why do people hate you?”
“Ahhhh…” we collectively say to ourselves.
Our hearts break as we listen to a little boy ask the question on the minds of plenty adults and children as they witness the rage that has been directed at President Obama over the last few months.
But what about the President’s answer? How do you rate the President’s answer?
Watching the video, I find myself wondering if His O-ness missed the moment. Oh sure, he tried to explain to the little fellow that it was all politics, and then wanted him to know that he needn’t worry that he [the president] could take care of himself. I get that. I even get that the President was probably sideswiped by the boy’s question and was so moved by the his genuinely not understanding all that was going on that His O-ness fumbled for a moment there on how best to respond knowing that cameras were zooming in on him. I get that.
But still I wonder.
Might there have been a better response to the little boy’s question about hate and American politics? I haven’t yet figured out what I wish the President had said. I just know that I was looking for something a little more thoughtful.
What else, or what differently, might President Obama have said in response to the little guy’s question, “Why do people hate you?”