TABRIZ, Iran–– As the countries of all parties involved work on a wide-scale nuclear deal, President Obama delivered an uplifting message directed at a young Iranian boy pictured on a popular Facebook page.
While touring Iran, photographer Brandon Stanton snapped a picture of a 10-year-old boy sitting next to his father in Tabiz and posted it on his Humans of New York Facebook site.
The father revealed to Stanton in an interview it was son’s birthday and that he was on the path of becoming humanitarian.
He told the story of when his child was merely five years old and already then showed signs of helping those in need.
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.
The inspirational post caught the attention of the Commander-in-Chief who took the rare opportunity to chime in.
Using the White House Facebook account, he dropped some motivational words himself.
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!)
The post has accumulated more than 460,000 likes, including that of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and over 32,000 shares.