President Barack Obama spoke last night at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, slamming Donald Trump unabashedly.
No one would have thought that the word “yarmulka” would make it into his speech, but it did.
Obama was discussing his Kansas grandparents and the things they taught him when he was growing up. “My grandparents explained that they didn’t like show-offs. They didn’t admire braggarts or bullies. They didn’t respect mean-spiritedness, or folks who were always looking for shortcuts in life. Instead, they valued traits like honesty and hard work. Kindness and courtesy. Humility; responsibility; helping each other out. That’s what they believed in. True things. Things that last. The things we try to teach our kids.”
Obama went on to say that what his grandparents understood “was that these values weren’t limited to Kansas. They weren’t limited to small towns. These values could travel to Hawaii; even the other side of the world, where my mother would end up working to help poor women get a better life. They knew these values weren’t reserved for one race; they could be passed down to a half-Kenyan grandson, or a half-Asian granddaughter; in fact, they were the same values Michelle’s parents, the descendants of slaves, taught their own kids living in a bungalow on the South Side of Chicago. They knew these values were exactly what drew immigrants here, and they believed that the children of those immigrants were just as American as their own, whether they wore a cowboy hat or a yarmulka; a baseball cap or a hijab.”
So there you have it.
It made it to the DNC.