With all that’s going on in the world, sometimes it’s easy to just get down about things. Trump wasn’t convicted and already seems to be gearing up for an extended political career, President Joe Biden has the mess of a thousand lifetimes on his hands to clean up, the pandemic is still out of control, and the weather has been less than kind to a good portion of the country here lately. Frankly, it’s just not been happy times, folks.
So, let me offer you a powerful, smile-inducing, feel-good, “he’s such a badass” story from former President Barack Obama himself that we stumbled across today that may help to lift your spirits as we claw our way out of this funk.
In case you hadn’t heard, Obama not has an awesome podcast with none other than Bruce Springsteen, Renegades: Born in the USA, and in the midst of their wide-ranging conversation today about everything from politics to daily life to music to race, the former president offered up an amusing story from his childhood when he recalled the time he punched a friend in the nose at school for calling him a racial slur, according to a report from TMZ.
Obama said that the individual was a friend that he played basketball with in school. One time, the two got into a fight and the kid used a racial slur against him — it wasn’t the n-word.
The former president went on to recall that he doesn’t even think the kid knew what the word actually meant, he just knew that it was meant to be hurtful. So, Obama did what any kid would do and “popped him in the face and broke his nose” in the locker room.
Barack said his friend asked him why he hit him, and he told the guy, “Don’t ever call me something like that.”
According to Spotify, former President Barack Obama and world-renowned rockstar Bruce Springsteen have been friends since they met on the campaign trail way back in 2008. In 2016, then-President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the singer.
The pair’s podcast is slated for 6 episodes and their 3rd is coming up soon!
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