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Dear First Daughters…
A letter from President Obama
Whether you were overjoyed at the conclusion of our ground-breaking Election Day or not, President Obama is still a human being, right? He has wants, needs, and, of course, a family life – a topic that has been in the spotlight since the get-go.
Barack Obama, the man who is next in line to be the leader of our fifty states, is first andforemost a daddy.
Parade magazine just posted an open letter from the father of two to his little angels – it’s heart-felt, inspiring, and downright sweet. Here are some of the highlights – you might need a tissue close by…
Dear Malia and Sasha,
I know that you’ve both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn’t have let you have. But I also know that it hasn’t always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn’t make up for all the time we’ve been apart. I know how much I’ve missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.
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. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn’t seem so important anymore. 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.
He touches on his desire for quality education for all children, the unhappy need for war, and for making tough decisions. He continues:
And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free – that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.
That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.
She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better – and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It’s a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.
He writes more about his hopes for Sasha and Malia, and concludes:
I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.