Dear Obama,

I’m an expert on how to stay fit. Do you eat a lot of junk food? Is it good for you? No! Instead, eat vegetables, carrots, broccoli, and fried spinach. It’s easy to swallow. You could turn the bowling alley into a gym. You can exercise on a running machine. But don’t eat junk food.

Your expert,

Noemi Martinez, age 8
New York

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Dear President Obama,

I hope you will enjoy your four years as president. I’m sure you are going to try your best to help us out of this situation. I wrote to ask you a few personal questions outside of being president. Trust me, it helps to get your mind off work once in a while.

I’m only in sixth grade and sometimes thinking about school drives me over the deep end. Anyway, I think it’s tough to be president because of the fact that no one sees you as a real person anymore. If you can take a minute, please read the following questions and comments so maybe your mind can drift a little bit.

First, I’d like to ask you what candy you like. My favorite are those gummy bears that come in a whole variety of flavors. Orange flavor is my favorite. I bet you like grape. Then again, you may not even like gummies.

Something unique about me is that I’m an honor-roll student with a grade average of 4.0. For fun, I like to climb high into my willow tree and then find a firm branch and sit on it. It is peaceful. Will you have a peaceful place to sit in the White House?

Lastly, I’ll tell you about the big city of Ann Arbor and how things flow there. Two thousand eight was a large year for doing such things as going to the symphony and eating out for dinner. The museums are packed and everyone is complaining about the Wolverines’ season. I guess that’s Ann Arbor for you.

I thank you for taking the time to read and hope you have a marvelous 2009!

Thank you,

Alex Maranville, age 11
Ann Arbor

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Dear President Barack Obama,

I live in Chicago. I am 9 years old. I think your daughter is 9 years old, too. I hope you like your new house. I hope you miss Chicago. You are very famous. Can you invite me to your new house to eat pizza? Obama, you rock.


Bryan Montalban, age 9