Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama
In January 2009, McSweeney’s and 826 National published Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama, edited by Jory John. Since the publication of the book, Mr. John has continued to collect kids’ letters to Obama, and occasionally some of them will appear here.
[Originally published January 9, 2009.]
Dear President Obama,
I know you want to save the earth, but people don’t want to clean. My life is to clean up all the world and help you to clean. I always dream of cleaning the world with you. I’ll do anything for you because you are the president in this world.
Stephanie Gonzalez, age 7
Dear Obama family,
When you move into the White House, turn on the heater so it won’t be cold. You could also take hot baths in your new antique bathtubs. Or you could make hot tea and coffee. When I moved to a new house, I helped my dad. He took apart a chair and I carried pieces of it. If I were your helper when you move in, I could move everything! Have a nice day being the ﬁrst family.
Nazrawit Dessie, age 7
Dear President Obama,
If I want anybody to be president, it’s me. I would clean the streets and give myself more money. I would also give everybody a piece of a Reese’s candy. Every homeless guy or girl would get $50 for help and a place to sleep for the winter. My family and other families would get free gas for our cars; single people with no kids would have to pay. The money would come from copying other bills. The $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills would be copied one thousand times.
The paper would not come from trees but from hardened glue. The way to make it is by mixing water and glue together so that it looks like paper. You then put it in a ﬁre, then let it cool in the freezer.
Weslie Jackson, age 12
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