13 Times Obama Showed Us Politicians Can Be Human Too

An emotional President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the youngest victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, where he spoke about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Source: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Ahead of the Mayoral Election, Grace considers moments Barack Obama showed his human side – an example she thinks should be followed by other politicians.

Politicians are supposed to be our representatives, but recent events have hammered home their ability to make life-changing decisions without any empathy for the people affected. As mayoral elections approach, it’s time to think about what kind of person we want to represent us. Are they compassionate and intelligent? Do they have a sense of humour? Are they fighting for minorities? Politicians aren’t elected to be liked, but knowing that there is an element of humanity to a power figure leaves us feeling much more comfortable about the decisions they make on our behalf.

Not all of his decisions have been empathetic, but in terms of relating to people, Obama has mostly shown that he’s more than just a man who runs a country.  He sees the people beyond the policies and he know how to have a good time too. Here are all the times he showed us that politicians are human too…

  1. 1) The time he told Muslims they are welcome members of society – a message not just for Americans, but for all nations.
Source: Sputnik

Source: Sputnik

2) The time when he broke down over the 100,000 American deaths we’ve witnessed as a result of guns.

President Obama wipes a tear. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

3) The time he met Ahmed Mohammed after the teenager was arrested for bring his homemade clock into school.

Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

4) The time he featured on the cover of OUT magazine in support of the LGBTQIA community.

Source: OUT Magazine

Source: OUT Magazine

5) The time he acknowledged and supported the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

6) The time he greeted a Syrian refugee who had lost everything.

Source: Brandon Stanton/Humans of New York

Source: Brandon Stanton/Humans of New York

7) But also that time he killed a fly with his bare hands.

8) Whenever he and Michelle dance.

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9) Every time he sings.

10) Whenever he tells bad jokes.

Source: Buzzfeed

Source: Buzzfeed

11) When he’s caught off duty eating unhealthy snacks.

Source: Barack Obama Eating Things

Source: Barack Obama Eating Things

12) The time he took a selfie.

Source: Buzzfeed

Source: Buzzfeed

13) The time he entered into the great rap debate: Kendrick vs Drake.

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How essential is a politicians ability to be relatable and show humanity important to you? Would it affect how you would vote? Tell us – @rifemag

The Mayoral election is taking place on the 5th May 2016. If you want your voice to be heard, make sure you register to vote. For more reasons on why you should vote, check out Bite The Ballot