Former President Barack Obama reunited on-line with the boy who touched his hair in an iconic photo from 2009 ― and so they celebrated the teenager’s commencement from highschool on Friday. (Watch the video under.)
Jacob Philadelphia was simply 5 when he visited the Oval Office together with his household and requested the U.S. chief if their hair was similar.
“Touch it dude!” the president reportedly stated as he bowed his head, permitting Jacob to really feel for himself. White House photographer Pete Souza captured the second.
“This picture embodied one of the hopes that I’d had when I first started running for office,” Obama stated in a video he posted to Twitter on Friday that included components of his dialog with Philadelphia. “Young people, particularly African American people, people of color, outsiders, folks who maybe didn’t always feel like they belonged, they’d look at themselves differently to see a person who looked like them in the Oval Office.”
During their on-line meeting, Obama made small speak with Philadelphia and kidded him about his facial hair. Philadelphia recalled Obama towering over him as he bent down in the course of the White House go to.
“It was a pretty big highlight of my life,” the teenager stated.
The encounter caught with him.
“It is very wonderful to see representation in government because if I get to see another Black man be at the top, be at that pinnacle, then I want to follow that lead,” he stated.
Philadelphia was graduating from the International School of Uganda close to the place his father works for the U.S. Embassy in Kampala. He stated he plans to return to the U.S. to attend the University of Memphis and main in political science.
“I think the White House visit clearly inspired you,” Obama stated.