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Kids’ Letters to President Obama, Part 1

[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 Nationala 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:

Dear President Obama,

We have some advice for you: take care of immigrants who don't commit crimes because it's not their fault that they are immigrants. Also, they try very hard to stay in this country because our economy is not well, so we will really appreciate it if you could help our economy get higher. Also, stop the war with Iraq because they are getting very poor. Why are we fighting Iraq? And why are we involved in every war that happens?Why are we fighting Iraq? And why are we involved in every war that happens?

We wanted to invite you to Edison Charter Academy, San Francisco, CA. It's near Dolores Street. Thank you very much for reading our letter. We hope you will visit our school and tell us more about you.


Giselle Perez, 11 and Jennifer Munoz, age 12

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Giselle and Jennifer write for

We think Obama is doing great. We read something about how the war is going to end. We are happy. It's sad because some parents need to leave their children to go to war. You shouldn't have to leave your children behind. And sometimes children don't see their parents, or their parents die.

The country is doing bad. Our economy is really low. Our gas is kinda high. Things are too expensive. The Banana Republic is too expensive. T-shirts are about $50. Obama should tell Banana Republic to lower their prices.

We should make things that use less oil. Or find something else instead of oil that we can use for gas.

President Obama should focus on the country AND his daughters. Just because he's the president, he shouldn't spoil them. Of course, they already have phones, it's too late for that. His daughters should get Golden Retrievers because they're loyal.

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Giselle Perez attends school in San Francisco and is in the sixth grade. In her spare time, she likes reading. The latest book she read is The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin.

Jennifer Munoz is in the sixth grade. She likes to go to the movies or play sports. Her favorite sport is swimming.

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Giselle Perez and Jennifer Munoz is the author of Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama

3 Responses to "Kids’ Letters to President Obama, Part 1"

    Martha March 3rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    So true, ladies. Something definitely needs to be done about Banana Republic.

    Erin Neeley Archuleta March 3rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Great job, ladies! Congratulations on your book.

    TeenDad August 11th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I'm now 19 and experiencing being a dad. I must say although it feels good it's still hard. I knew it wouldn't be easy but to be honest, the hard part is having to balance time. My daughter is great and makes managing her never dreadful. -Teen dad

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