Kid President is otherwise known as Robby Novak, age 9. His executive order: for us all to “treat everybody like it’s their birthday,” every single day.

Why you should listen

In his inaugural video for SoulPancake, unleashed on the web in October of 2012, Kid President -- aka 9-year-old Robby Novak of Henderson, Tennessee -- declared, “I’m not in a party. I am a party.” Now, people from all around the globe are coming to celebrate. 

Kid President began as a collaboration between Novak and his older brother-in-law, Bradley Montague. The pair tag teamed to plant hilarious seeds of wisdom and posted their videos online for family and friends to enjoy. But the videos soon caught the attention of SoulPancake, the YouTube channel and website co-created by Rainn Wilson of The Office. The site has picked up 19 Kid President videos so far, and counting. The most popular to date, “A Pep Talk from Kid President to You,” has been watched more than 6 million times in just its first week online. It features music from Sleeping at Last and Skewby.

Kid President quotes sources as diverse as Robert Frost and Journey, and pens many of his own bon mots. We'll leave you with: "What if Michael Jordan had quit? … He wouldn't have made Space Jam … What's your Space Jam?"

What others say

"Meet 'Kid President,' a 9-year-old bundle of cuteness gussied in a fancy suit. The pint-sized president has been addressing the nation for months now in a series of hilarious online videos, and his platform is simple: To make grown-ups less boring, to make the world awesome, and to make people dance." — Today

Kid President’s TED talks

Kid President on the TED Blog

Entertainment

A few ways to make the world more awesome: A chat with Kid President

February 14, 2014

Robby Novak seems like a regular ol’ 10-year-old boy with a big laugh and a tendency to fidget, if you ignore the fact that he’s also a YouTube superstar. The dynamo elementary student started making a series of motivational videos with his older brother-in-law when he was just 9. The videos went viral, and since […]

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Education

4 inspiring kids imagine the future of learning

March 6, 2013

After more than 13 years of research convinced him that children have the ability to learn almost anything on their own, 2013 TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra aspires to shape the future of learning by building a School in the Cloud, helping kids “tap into their innate sense of wonder.” In the spirit of Mitra’s […]

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News

In short: The true story of Kid President, the danger of Dr. Oz

February 9, 2013

Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs from this (and last) week: The true story of Kid President: Watch this behind-the-scenes video of everyone’s favorite new politician. [YouTube] And make sure to watch his pep talk, posted on TED last week. An absolute must-read by Michael Specter, on […]

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