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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?


harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
:rotfl: Jude!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Hmmm.. we should move on yet you are still here... :?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
This thread is like 5 days old...I think we have moved on!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Go to bed! :p
ccpdm ccpdm 8 years
Hain, we're so far above this. Come home. :hug:
ccpdm ccpdm 8 years
Hello???? Libs, do y'all not have a life?? MOVE ON!
karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
They all look fine!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
The Obama family is absolutely gorgeous; I could not be prouder they are our first family! What a beautiful love he has for his family. God Bless them all.
indielove indielove 8 years
"Indie- you picked on Palin and her kids!" OMG SYTAYSHUNS PLZ!!!1!!11!!!! "Indie- go away- I said Malia reminds me of her mom looks and personality." What you gonna do if I don't? Ha. What a joke.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Jazz said she looked smug.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I said Malia reminds me of her mom looks and personality.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Others on this site even went so far as to say, well you brought them on the stage and started your speech off with them, that means they are fair game.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Indie- you picked on Palin and her kids!
indielove indielove 8 years
I second that. shydcgirl: AWEsome post.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
"everyone on this thread is uppity! I never insulted a kid!" Yes you did.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
everyone on this thread is uppity! I never insulted a kid!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Does "smug" and "entitled" remind anybody else of "uppity"?
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
Wow. Just wow. to pick on someone's children even in jest is not fair and should be considered off-limits, I thought it about the Palins, Bidens, Guilianis, Clintons, and yes, the Obamas. I think that the letter was sweet and likely a bit of PR, but mostly sincere and genuine. How many of you have parents that would expose themselves emotionally in a private letter to you? Much less a public sentiment? I think that people have such difficult time with the Obamas b/c they are living the "American Dream" and also happen to be black, and historically blacks were only "entitled" to treatment as chattel, some people feel justified in calling these people smug as if they were given handouts to get where they are. While I don't agree with many of Bush's policies and his handling of some situations, I would never disrespect him as my President nor the First Lady and their children. Please be mindful that the world is watching and will act accordingly to our own indifferent or indignant behaviors.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I agree, I don't think he could've done it without Michelle. So if that makes her "act like we owe it to her", so be it.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
jude, I believe that comment is sexist... :P
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I think the fact that Obama is a family man WITH morals will make him just the change American so desperately needs right now. I can't wait for the inauguration!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Indeed she was :) It sort of made up for her thing about Charles Bronson.
nguidjol nguidjol 8 years
Ah! Your mom is a wise woman Jude
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
My momma always said that behind every great man is a strong woman :) Seems true in this case.
nguidjol nguidjol 8 years
Well cherrygirl143 he kind of does. Without the support of his wife, i don't think he would had been able to run a successful campaign, let alone being elected president. Not to mention she puts her own life on hold. So yes i think he owes her. But that's just my opinion
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