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Obama Responds To 'Humans Of New York' Photo With Emotional Comment

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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As of publication, Humans of New York, a photography project which features portraits of everyday people around the globe, has 14,914,171 Facebook fans.

Apparently one of them lives in the White House.

Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton has recently taken his lens to Iran, where he’s been documenting the lives of locals. Using the official White House Facebook account, President Obama personally commented on a photo of a father and his 10-year-old son who live in Tabriz, Iran, NPR reported.

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The father told Stanton:

“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.”

The photo received more than 516,000 likes, including one from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and apparently Obama was a fan, too. He commented:

"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”

Obama’s comment has received more than 134,000 likes.

Sources: Humans of New York/Facebook, NPR Image via Pete Souxa/Wikimedia Commons