HONY recently posted a picture of a father and his son in Iran with the father telling a touching story of how his son once gave away all of the family’s groceries to those in need. The post has now seen a comment from US President Barack Obama himself.
The Humans of New York page, which started in 2010 is run by photographer Brandon Stanton. Stanton is currently in Iran and has been posting some beautiful pictures from there.
In the post, the father recounts, “One time when he (his son) 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.’”
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The comment was signed ‘bo’ which indicates that Obama personally posted it on the page.
Obama wrote, “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”
The Humans of New York page clearly has the attention from top leaders in the US. Earlier in July, a touching viral photo of a gay teen on the HONY page had attracted a comment from Hillary Clinton herself.
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The photo of the boy, who is not named, was accompanied with this statement, “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”
Hours after the picture was posted, Democrat US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had posted, “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them. –H.” Read more here.