Brandon Stanton, the man behind the popular photo blog Humans of New York, receives thousands of comments and likes on all his pictures, but we’re pretty sure he’s never received a comment like this.
Earlier today, shortly after posting a photo of a photo of a father and son in Iran, he received a very special comment from the Commander in Chief himself, President Barack Obama.
The photo caption reads:
“Today’s his tenth birthday. He’s a very emotional young man. He likes to solve other people’s problems. One time when he was five years old, he came with me to the store and we bought two pounds of fresh apricots. 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.”
Under the official White House Facebook account, President Barack Obama responds with an honest, heart-felt comment.
“What 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 – and this one really resonated with me. I hope this young man never loses his desire to help others. And 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!) -bo”
We’re not sure if this was something pre-arranged, or if our president just happened to be checking his messages on Facebook, but to see the president engage with a photo on Facebook and leave an encouraging comment is a great thing.