The young boy who wrote a letter to Obama offering to rehome a Syrian refugee got an invite to the White House
A six-year-old boy who wrote a heart-wrenching letter to Barack Obama offering his home to a young Syrian refugee has finally met the president.
Little Alex had penned his note after watching footage of a young Syrian war victim wiping his bloodied hands in the back of an ambulance, and asked Obama to bring the boy to his home.
Alex and his family travelled from New York to the White House after receiving an invitation to meet the president.
"I liked the letter so much I ended up reading it, and everyone heard what you said," Obama told Alex.
"You being so nice, and kind, hopefully makes other people think the same way. So I was very proud of you."
Obama had been so touched by the boy's letter that he read it out at The Leaders' Summit on Refugees in September, telling the attendees and audiences: "The humanity that a young child can display who hasn't learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they're from or how they look or how they pray, and who just understands the notion of treating somebody who is like him with compassion and kindness. We can all learn from Alex."
ICYMI, this is Alex's original letter in full:
"Dear President Obama,
"Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan.
"Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won't bring toys and doesn't have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny. And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine's lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn't let anyone touch it.
"Thank you very much! I can't wait for you to come!"