Will Smith Interview With Barack Obama

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Will Smith Interview With Barack Obama

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[Will Smith Interview With Barack Obama]

[Willard Carroll “Will” Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968):] Source: LYBIO.net
Well, thank you for doing this. This is fantastic. We’re really excited. This is the first time I’ve been nervous in front of a camera in a long time…in a long time.

[Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961)]
Just think back to Prince of Bel Air, man.

[Will Smith:]
So, the first thing that really struck me in your speech. There was a line…In my old school, hip-hop days I would’ve been biting your lyrics on this one, but you talked about expanding our moral imagination…

[Barack Obama:]
Right.

[Will Smith:]
…and that just and that just really struck me. Would you elaborate on that idea?

[Barack Obama:] Source: LYBIO.net
Well, you know, when you think about what’s happening in the world, on the one hand it’s shrinking. We see the internet, the live feeds and You Tube, and that means that nobody around the world should be a stranger and that should be bringing us closer together because it should remind us that we’re all fundamentally the same in terms of our aspirations, our hopes, our love for our children.

But it’s disorient. So, a lot of people pull back into their own specific identities; their race, their tribe, their religion and that’s a dangerous thing because it can splinter people and cause conflict and people can decide that because this person doesn’t worship the same God or doesn’t look like me, then I don’t have to have the same consideration for them. You know, there are a whole host of ways that can lead them to conflict. And so one of the critical ingredients of any effort for peace is my ability to stand in your shoes, to see through your eyes, to constantly imagine “What’s it like being a mother in Bangladesh right now, and if the waters were rising because of climate change?” That kind of ability to imagine ourselves in different situations helps us then connect with those other people and hopefully that can be part of what drives us to want to do better on a whole host of things.

[Will Smith:]
What that ultimately does, though, in the situation that you’re in is it’s always gonna slam you into a dilemma because once you get to that point and you comprehend…

[Barack Obama:]
Right…

[Will Smith:]
… what the other person is saying…

[Barack Obama:]
Right…

[Will Smith:]
… and they comprehend what you’re saying…

[Barack Obama:]
Right…

[Will Smith:]
and now there’s still only enough water for one of y’all.

[Barack Obama:]
Well, hopefully, well, hopefully, what then starts happening is that you start figuring out “Are there ways we can work together to build a new well as opposed to fight over the well we’ve got?”

[Will Smith:]
Absolutely.

[Barack Obama:]
And look…I don’t wanna simply it. None of this is easy.

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
Right.

[Barack Obama:]
What it does mean is, for example, when wealthy countries think about foreign aid, thinking about it as an investment, this is a way so that we don’t have to send soldiers on a peace-keeping mission because peace is already there. This is a way to make sure that we’ve got new markets because now that these folks bought a bicycle, maybe they’ll be interested in buying a car. Now that they’ve got a stove, maybe they’ll be interested in buying a refrigerator. Maybe they can start trading with us. You know, constantly thinking about how are we able to create opportunities for collaboration and cooperation, as opposed to conflict. You know, when you think about Europe, after World World II we could’ve just said, “You know, we sent a whole bunch of troops there, we defeated Hitler, now we’re broke, we need to go home and take care of our business.” Instead what we did was organize the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt not just those countries that had been our allies but helped to rebuild Germany which had been our enemy.

[Will Smith:]
Absolutely.

[Barack Obama:]
Did the same thing in Japan and those efforts are a part of what created the international security that allowed America to enjoy far greater prosperity than we ever would have otherwise. So it’s part of that moral imagination is also being able to think 10 to 20 or 30 years down the line, both in terms of the consequences of action, but also the consequences of inaction.

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
I had the pleasure of meeting your wife today.

[Barack Obama:]
Ya. She’s a star.

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
She is. I wanted to know –

[Barack Obama:]
She’s cute.

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
Yes.

[Barack Obama:]
That too.

[Will Smith:]
I wasn’t going to say. Was I allowed to say that. Cause I would of said it. I mean, Michelle is very very fine.

[Barack Obama:]
It’s true. Yes, you know. But what can I do.

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
You did the right thing you married her.

[Barack Obama:]
I did the right thing, that’s exactly what I do.

[Will Smith:]
You analyzed the information.

[Barack Obama:]
Made the best decision possible.

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
Right exactly…

[Barack Obama:]
Anyway…

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
Could you share with us how her wisdom may influence you with issues concerning peace.

[Barack Obama:]
Here’s the interesting thing about Michelle, first of all she’s the most honest person I’ve ever known. She doesn’t pretend to be something else. She’s very confident in herself and what she’s about and what’s important to her. And so the first thing she does is just give me that solid ground…

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
Right.

[Barack Obama:]
… and I know if I’m talking to her I’m going to get it straight. And that her values are ones that I believe in and that I share. The second thing she does, she’s not somebody who spends a lot of time analyzing all these policy decisions in detail that I have, but she does have a really good feel about what ordinary folks are going through because her gut is always back where she came from …
[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
Right.

[Barack Obama:]
… and that’s very helpful to me because I think the worst thing about being president is all the noise, all the political games, you know, it can be like a hall of mirrors where just a few people are talking to each other …

[Jada Pinkett Smith:]
Right.

[Barack Obama:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
… and never breaking out of it. And Michelle’s very good at making me focus not on the immediate world that we’re in but what’s going on outside of it.

Will Smith Interview With Barack Obama

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