The practice of empathy seems to have been a central force in Barack Obama’s life for a very long time. It was certainly front and center from the moment he stepped onto the stage of the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
His capacity for empathy allowed him to connect with a broad range of people. His recognition of an empathy deficit, and the public’s unquenched desire for a more empathetic world, gave momentum to the movement that led to his Presidency. Edwin Rutsch from the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy has compiled a collection of videos of Barack Obama speaking on the topic and value of Empathy.