[Editor's Note: Powell's is pleased to welcome the pint-sized contributors of Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama to our blog for the next month! Ranging in age from 6 to 14, the kids are all students of 826 National
— a non-profit literacy organization, founded in part by Dave Eggers, with seven chapters countrywide. The book is a compilation of letters written to President Obama shortly after he was elected. We'll be presenting the original letters that were published in the book, plus some updates from our mini-pundits on how our new president is measuring up so far. Get a copy of Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country at 30% off for a limited time.
Original letter by Giuseppe Pacheco, age 7:
Dear Mr. Obama,
I wish you could give me money and buy me a Nintendo DS and a DS game. Mr. Obama, are you rich? Don't cut more trees down, because I have hard homework.
I know you can be a better president than President Bush.
Vote yes on Obama!
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Giuseppe writes for Powells.com:
Did you like my letter, President Obama? Did you like my drawing of you? Since the book came out, did you get a copy? Did you like the other kids' letters?
President Obama, are you playing video games in the White House? Do you play tennis? Are you in Hawaii?
I was in the San Francisco Chronicle, on the first page. Ms. Gray, my teacher, showed me a copy of the newspaper. She gave it to me. I showed it to everybody. They said, "Cool, you're famous, dude!" I said, "Yeah, I'm famous."
My mom was very happy. She said, "Yes, you're in the Chronicle, baby!" People have told me that my letter is funny.
I read my letter to everybody at 826 Valencia. I read it into a microphone. People said I rocked.
The best part about all of this when people laugh when they read my letter