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Dad in Chief Obama Writes Open Letter to His Daughters


A letter from Barack Obama to his daughters Malia and Sasha will run in this weekend's issue of Parade. In the letter, the president-elect explains why he took his family on their journey to the White House, and what he wants for his daughters, and every child in America.

Obama writes:

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me — about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. . . . I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for president: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential — schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college — even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

The soon-to-be first father, goes on to touch on tough subjects like race, war, and every citizen's obligation to America. Do you think Obama's love for his daughters will make him a better president?

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