Saturday 23 October 2010

Obama talks like no other President.

US President Barack Obama has recorded a video follow a number of recent suicides of teenagers who have taken their own life because of being bullied about being gay.

Obama expressed his shock and sadness for the teens who killed themselves, and raised his own concerns as a parent.

“We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our kids," Obama said. "I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough. When you’re teased or bullied it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself … With time you’re going to see that your differences are a source of pride, a source of strength.”

The video is part of a YouTube channel by activist Dan Savage called It Gets Better, that mostly has user videos from celebs like Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen Degeneres and even Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s words on discrimination, and his surprising frankness, creates an honest and compassionate moment from the man at the top of world politics.

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