US President Barack Obama on Friday met six-year-old Alex, the American boy who famously wrote him a letter offering to adopt a Syrian refugee child.
Obama received the boy and his family at the White House and thanked him for “opening his heart and home” to young Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian boy whose photograph went viral after his home was leveled by airstrikes.
During the meeting, Obama told Alex he had read his letter and told him it was “to everybody.”
“You being so nice and kind, hopefully makes other people think the same way,” Obama told Alex, who was dressed in a suit for the meeting.
Alex had written the letter to Obama months ago, after seeing a picture of Omran covered in dust and blood, asking Obama to bring Omran to his home.
“We will give him a family and he will be our brother,” read his letter, which Obama quoted during a speech at the UN.
“In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omran,” Alex’s letter went on. “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.”
A video of the meeting garnered millions of views on Facebook.