yesterday, i had the immense (is there something better than italics? italics are missing the mark right now.) pleasure of being one of twenty members of the tumblr community to visit the white house to attend a question-and-answer panel with the president of the united states, barack obama, hosted by david karp. if you don’t know who david is, you should revoke your tumblr membership. i very much realize the rarity of this opportunity and cannot thank everyone [who was involved in making it happen] enough for providing it to me. the panel’s focus was education reform though some questions drifted into other equally-as-timely topics and while this is a fashion blog and i would prefer to not open up a political can of worms, obama is pretty darn great; it felt very special to be in a room with him. rather than spam you, see below for some choice quotes to muddle over, follow my instagram for more pictures, or watch the livestream.
on choosing a major and, hopefully, a career: ”ultimately, you are going to do best at something you care about.”
on getting involved early on in your development: ”education is not a passive process — expose young people to enough actionable work that they start getting a feel for what they are interested in.” (here, potus praised p-tech’s progress.)
on gun rights and how to stop the violence: ”we have historically respected gun rights. the only thing that’s going to change [this] is public opinion; we don’t have enough tools right now to make as big of a dent as we need to. the combination of the nra, gun manufacturers, the well-financed…they have the capacity to move votes…right now, it’s impossible to get even the mildest lobby through congress and we should be ashamed of that.” (here is proof that the president doesn’t have all the power. it isn’t that gun control is not a priority for obama, it is that the congressional majority is voting against anti-gun lobbies. it is up to us, the american people, to rally for change.)
on standing together with your fellow man: “this country has founded itself on an individual mission but also some common purpose.”
disclosure: tumblr did not fund this trip. i paid for my own train ticket.