Aw, how can anyone worry about the Iran nuke deal when we hear a story like this?

President Obama leaves thoughtful comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran

Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton is currently blogging in Iran.

During his trip, Stanton met a father and son who were celebrating the boy’s tenth birthday. The famed blogger posted an image on Thursday from the Iranian town of Tabriz.

A father told this story about his son.

“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.”

Obama, believe it or not, happened to notice this post. It was the day after enough votes were secured for the nuke deal. I guess he felt pretty relaxed about the state of the world and had time to dilly-dally around perusing Facebook. He was so moved by the story he posted a reply.

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

WH facebook apricots

Give it all away. Yes, Obama would find that reassuring. He hopes one day the boy will give him an apricot. That will be an improvement from the last deal he got out of Iran.

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  1. Piquerish says:

    Obama presumably espied this gem whilst leveling up his Mine Craft toons from within the basement of his Iranian bunker — shared with his personal reptilian Persian Wromtongue, Valerie Jarrett — in the town of Febreze.

  2. Shifra says:

    The reason Oblahblah likes this story so much is because he identifies with the kid giving everything away… which is exactly what he and his stooges did with Iran; they gave everything away.

  3. strider says:

    Has he been getting high again? Sounds like it.

  4. robscaffe says:

    I think it would have been far more inspiring to the Dear Leader if the kid had stolen 90% of the the hardworking vendor’s apricots, wrecked his fruit stand, given a few of them away, and kept the majority for himself and his friends.

    And by the way, who among us really think he not only found this story, but penned the tweet?

  5. Alain41 says:

    Read several of the blogger’s stories from Iran. Terrific, could have picked any one of them to comment on. I believe this story to be an allegory. The spread of apricots means the spread of Islam. (Some indication that apricots receded from Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire and were reintroduced into prominence by the Muslim conquest of southern Europe. Muslims use the word, humanitarian. http://irhsca.org/) Obama recognized the allegory and responded to send another message that he supports a caliphate. I believe the blogger is honest in his reporting, but Iranians remember that the West, especially the U.S., abandoned them in their uprising, and at the least, will not say anything to upset the authorities and likely as not, will say something that they know will please authority.

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