President Barack Obama made an appearance at ESPN’s The Undefeated: A Conversation with The President last night. Taking place at North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University, Stan Verret hosted the conference and he interviewed the president. Later, citizens were able to ask Obama questions regarding change in America. With the current political issues occurring in America, students were anticipating opinions from our current president.
The beginning of the interview began by introducing the topic of “being undefeated.” While the crowd remembers Obama’s two term run, he reflects on his high school days when he played back up point guard and won a state championship. In his mind, being undefeated is a mindset one must have to finding strength. He stated”We all have been defeated, regardless of race, faith, gender…Through perseverance, we must learn from defeats and thereby render them temporarily to figure out the strength to achieve your goals.”
He references the knockdowns that the great Michael Jordan took against the Detroit Pistons. Even though he constantly lost, because of Jordan’s work ethic and dedication, he was eventually able to make it out of the Eastern Conference and win several championships.
Afterwords, students were able to ask Barack Obama questions about current issues in America. To paraphrase, Obama said that we should all help one another. Not only are the political statements made through protests, but also mentoring one another. He stated, “Some might protest, others might mentor. The ability to mentor some 8-year-old or 10-year old who lives right around here. Maybe doesn’t have a dad. Maybe doesn’t have a lot. You paying attention to him and you’re a star guard on your team, you taking him to a ball game and asking him how he is doing in school. That is revolutionary.”
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