Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Do People Hate You? Obama Stumped by 10-Year-Old's Unsettling Question

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Do People Hate You? Obama Stumped by 10-Year-Old's Unsettling Question

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Byline: Paul thompson in Miami

BArAcK OBAMA was almost lost for words after a 10-year-old boy innocently asked him: "Why do people hate you?" The President was caught offguard and was forced to admit that his popularity is not what is was, conceding that "everybody's getting mad all the time".

The exchange came as Mr Obama attended a town hall meeting in storm-ravaged New Orleans.

His visit, the first since he became president, followed criticism from republicans who said he wasn't spending enough time in the city. Others complained that the Obama administration had not done enough to help in the recovery of the city where more than 1,800 people died when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

But the President was to face his biggest challenge when Terence Scott asked the final question at the University of New Orleans.

The boy said: "Why do people hate you? They are supposed to love you -- and God is love."

Mr Obama tried to reassure the schoolboy things were not as bad as they seem. …

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