President Barack Obama filmed a new video in support of the growing anti-bullying campaign, “It Gets Better Project,” on Thursday.
The initiative was launched by writer Dan Savage in an effort to stop gay-bullying after a series of gay teenagers took their own lives. Loads of celebrities stepped up in support of the campaign, most notably, Ciara, La La Vasquez, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
In the clip the president says, “We’ve got to dispel this myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage.”
“To every young person out there, you need to know that if you’re in trouble there are caring adults who can help,” Obama adds. Speaking about his own personal story, the President says that he knows “what it’s like growing up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong.”
Obama sends a heartfelt message to troubled youth of all kinds, glaring directly into the camera declaring, “You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied.” The president continues, “There is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities. There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are. And so, if you ever feel like, because of bullying, because of what people are saying, that you’re getting down on yourself, you’ve got to make sure to reach out to people you trust.”
The president’s message to youth surfaces during the same time his administration fights against the historic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military practice in courts.
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