President Barack Obama has responded to a video of a heartbroken child who sobbed after learning that Obama will soon be ending his term in the White House. The child cried throughout the nearly 2-minute long video, exclaiming that she is "not ready" for Obama to go.
The video soon went viral, with nearly 8,000 people sharing it and almost 2 million having watched it on Facebook. Five days after the original video was posted on Facebook by the child's grandmother, Caprina Harris, President Obama responded to the video himself.
Writing on the post on 21 February, Obama said: "Caprina, tell her to dry her tears, because I'm not going anywhere. Once I leave the White House, I'll still be a citizen just like her. And when she grows up, she can get involved right alongside me. In the meantime, I'll keep an eye out for her letter, and we'll always get to celebrate our birthdays together!"
Alabama-based Harris had posted on Facebook that her granddaughter shared the same birthday as the president, encouraging her to feel even more close to him. The child is inaudible throughout most of the video and is almost inconsolable after realising that Obama is going to leave office.
When her grandmother tries to explain that he can can only serve two terms and that "his time is up", the child only appears to get more upset, shouting "no" repeatedly. She sobs: "I'm not ready for a new [President]."
The distraught child only appears to calm down slightly after her grandmother suggests writing Obama a letter. Thousands of people have commented on the video saying that they understand how the child feels and that they did not feel ready for him to leave the White House either.