“You being so nice, and kind, hopefully makes other people think the same way. So I was very proud of you.” Remember Alex, the six-year-old boy who wrote to President Obama to ask how he could help kids his age in Syria? Last week, the President had a chance to meet Alex and his family at the White House. Watch their visit and learn how you can support refugees at home and abroad at the link in the bio.
Earlier this year, 6-year-old Alex melted millions of hearts across the world when he asked President Barack Obama to help him provide a home for Omran Daqneesh — the 5-year-old Syrian child who’s iconic image, sitting dazed and bloody inside an ambulance, went viral worldwide.
“Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home],” Alex wrote Obama. “We'll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”
He wanted to teach Omran, who he didn’t mention by name, how to ride a bike and introduce him to one of his friends at school, who is also from Syria.
Now, Alex had a chance to meet Obama, who loved his words of kindness so much, he quoted his heartwarming letter at the Leaders Summit on Refugees, where the world leaders had gathered to discuss what they could do to solve the global refugee crisis.
“The humanity that a young child can display, who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of where they’re from, or how they look, or how they pray, and who just understands the notion of treating somebody that is like him with compassion, with kindness — we can all learn from Alex,” the president said.
Recently, Obama invited the young New Yorker, along with his parents and little sister Catherine, to the White House. The video of their meeting was just released on Instagram, encouraging viewers to help and support refugees.
“I liked what you wrote so much that I ended up reading it to everybody,” Obama told Alex after complimenting his new suit. “You being so nice, and kind, hopefully makes other people think the same way. So I was very proud of you.”
If only some adults could be just as kind, the world would be a whole lot of a better place.
Check out the complete contents of Alex’s letter to the president in the video above.