President Obama Posts Video Saluting the “Batkid” Who Inspired the Entire Country

batkidThis story was one I just couldn’t pass up.  If you haven’t heard of the “Batkid” you really need to know this story.

A five year old boy named Miles has been battling Leukemia for over three years, but is now in remission.  Well, his wish (organized by the Make-A-Wish foundation) was to be Batman.

His wish came true.

Today in San Francisco, Miles went around the city “fighting crime” as the one and only “Batkid.”

Thousands of people in San Francisco participated, and the San Francisco Chronicle released a special edition called the “Gotham City Chronicle.”

The story of this courageous superhero inspired not only the city of San Francisco, but the entire nation.  The way at which so many people, organizations and businesses came together to make Miles’ wish come true can only help but restore some of your faith in humanity that’s often tested by the ugliness we’re bombarded with nearly every day.

Throughout the day, Miles was driven around in the Batmobile, saved a woman, battled the Riddler and rescued the San Francisco Giants Mascot from the clutches of the evil Penguin.  Then to make this all official, the Justice Department issued a formal indictment for both of Batkid’s evil villains.

This story became such a national sensation that it even prompted President Obama to create a video on Vine congratulating Batkid for his successful day saving the people of Gotham from the clutches of the Riddler and Penguin:

Being in this business, I wish these stories were more the rule and not the exception.  Dealing with politics on a daily basis, my faith in humanity is often tested as I run across some of the most blatant, vile and hateful ignorance I really wish didn’t exist. Everyone who helped make this brave young man’s dream come true is really a hero.  To see so many strangers rise to the occasion and give this kid the day of his life — a life that’s been met with struggles many of us can’t even imagine — is a testament that decent humanity is not lost. When a young boy wanted to be a hero for a day, thousands of heroes in their own right came together to make sure Miles aka “Batkid” saw his wish come true.

It’s a story I sure won’t forget, and thanks to the amazing people who made it happen, it’s a day Miles will remember for the rest of his life.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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