9-Year-Old to Obama: 'Why Do People Hate You?'

Replies prez: 'Some of it is just what's called politics.'
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 9:45 PM CDT
During a public meeting in New Orleans today, Tyren Scott, 9, of Paulina, La., asked President Obama, "Why do people hate you?"   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama took some heat today in New Orleans for continued slow progress in rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina, but perhaps the most pointed question he got all day came from a 9-year-old. “Why do people hate you?” Tyren Scott asked Obama, microphone in hand, during a public meeting. “They’re supposed to love you. God is love.”

The president looked “tickled” by the question, AFP notes, and replied, “Hey, that's what I'm talking about. … I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me now. I got a whole lot of votes.” Added Obama, “If you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody's just getting mad all the time. And you know, I think that you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what’s called politics.”

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