I just discovered this group. I'm working on a documentary about Obama and empathy. I've noticed Obama was mentioned a couple of times in relation to his empathy. Here is a video I put together of him talking about empathy. I think you will be surprised at how often he talks about it.
A Chronological Video of Barack on Empathy - Compiled from about 30 of Barack's speeches and interviews, etc on the topic of empathy. ( I just found 10 more clips that I will add to Rough Cut 2, plus 10 more from Michelle Obama.)
Barack Obama and a New Spirit of Empathy (rough cut 1) (1 hr 15 min)
here's a link to more on the project.
We also have a in person and online group that meets weekly to talk about and promote empathy in our society.