President Obama says novels taught him how to be a citizen

Barack Obama has said that novels taught him “the most important” things he has learned about being a citizen.


“It has to do with empathy,” Obama told Robinson in a conversation which is published in the 19 November issue of the New York Review of Books.


“It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of greys, but there’s still truth there to be found, and that you have to strive for that and work for that. And the notion that it’s possible to connect with some[one] else even though they’re very different from you.