As criticism continues over Donald Trump Jr.’s “bowl of skittles” tweet, President Obama hopes different story on Syrian refugees goes viral.
A video from the White House posted to Obama’s Facebook page Wednesday night features a young boy named Alex from New York who wrote to Obama asking to host Omran Daqneesh, the 5-year-old Syrian boy shown in a heartbreaking picture out of Aleppo, Syria.
Obama read the letter during a summit on refugees he hosted earlier this week at the UN General Assembly, calling for nations to adopt the same compassion shown by the young boy.
In less than 10 hours, the video posted on Obama’s Facebook earned 106 thousand likes and was viewed more than 3 million times.
It gives a tour of Alex’s home as he reads about sharing his toys with Daqneesh, inviting him to birthday parties and hoping he will “teach us another language.”
“The humanity that a young child can display who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of how they look or where they’re from or how they pray,” Obama says in the video. “We can all learn from Alex.”