US PRESIDENT Barack Obama said that if he was given a chance to have dinner with someone, it would be none other than his real hero Mahatma Gandhi.
Obama expressed his desire in response to a question from a student Lilly during his discussion with 9th graders at Wakefield High School in Arlington Virginia where he accompanied with the Education Secretary gave a national speech welcoming students back to school.
Obama called for students to take responsibility and to learn from their failures so that they succeed in the end.
“Hi. I’m Lilly. And if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?,” Obama was asked by one of the students.
“You know, I think that it might be Gandhi, who is a real hero of mine,” Obama said. “Now, it would probably be a really small meal because he didn’t eat a lot,” he said amidst laughter. But Mahatma Gandhi is someone who has inspire people across the world for the past several generations, he said.
Terming the iconic figure as the source of inspiration for many, Obama said “he (Mahatma Gandhi) is somebody whom I find a lot of inspiration in. He inspired Dr King (Martin Luther), so if it hadn’t been for the non-violent movement in India, you might not have seen the same non-violent movement for civil rights here in the United States.” said.
“What was interesting was that he ended up doing so much and changing the world just by the power of his ethics, by his ability to change how people saw each other and saw themselves — and help people who thought they had no power realise that they had power, and then help people who had a lot of powerlessness that if all they’re doing is oppressing people, then that’s not a really good exercise of power,” Obama said.
Expressing his belief in the way of change proposed by Gandhi, the President said, “I am always interested in people who are able to bring about change, not through violence, not through money, but through the force of their personality and their ethical and moral stances. That is somebody that I would loveto sit down and talk to,” said Obama.