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Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama Paperback – March 1, 2009
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"If I were president, I would help all nations, even Hawaii."
Chad Timsing, age 9, Los Angeles
"I really hope you put America back together. No pressure though."
Sheenie Shannon Yip, age 13, Seattle
"1. Fly to the White House in a helicopter. 2. Walk in. 3. Wipe feet. 4. Walk to the Oval Office. 5. Sit down in a chair. 6. Put hand sanitizer on hands. 7. Enjoy moment. 8. Get up. 9. Get in car. 10. Go to the dog pound."
Chandler Browne, age 12, Chicago
And, while it wasn't advice, exactly, we thought this was worth sharing:
"You are just like a big me."
Avante Price, age 7, Seattle
"A hilarious and touching collection of letters compiled at 826 Valencia in San Francisco and the writing center's half dozen chapters across the country."
San Francisco Chronicle
"(Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country)... offers a moving snapshot of children's lives in the waning days of 2008."
"A collection of childhood wisdom that just might make a difference in the difficult times ahead."
MSNBC/ NBC Chicago
"Preternaturally sagacious youngsters from 826 National's various tutoring centers across the country chimed in to the national dialogue with their advice, concerns and hopes for their new president."
"With John as editor, Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: A Collection of Kids' Letters to President Obama has become a much-talked about project that, at its core, is really a child's perspective on the notions of hope, ideals and challenges facing the 44th president of the United States."
Tahoe Daily Tribune
From the Back Cover
Dear Barack Obama,
Something happened to me: I went out to lunch at Starbucks and I wanted to buy a cup of whipped cream and normally it’s 43 cents, but now it’s 74 cents! The price raised 31 cents for no reason. So you should probably try to change things like that from happening. You should keep an eye out for things like that.
Alexis Feliciano, age 9, Brooklyn
Dear President Obama,
What is your favorite holiday? My favorite holidays are Christmas and Halloween. I would be a good president and stop bad drugs. What stuff is in the White House? Answer here: _________________________________
You would never say bad words because you would never break the law.
Kevin Cordova, age 7, Los Angeles
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 for you. I’ll do anything for you because you are the president in this world.
Stephanie Gonzalez, age 7, Los Angeles
Dear President Barack Obama,
When I was watching television on November 4th, I started crying because I was so happy. Everyone in my neighborhood kept honking their cars, yelling, and texting their friends about how you had been elected the 44th president.
My friend's dad is going to open a new ice-cream store right in front of my house and they are going to try to open it on January 20th in honor of you. :) My family and I have been talking about when you become president that it is going to be very hard. Don't worry, you have me, my family, my friends, and St. James School to support you. Just remember that you have two wonderful daughters that love you and a wife that loves you too and remember that she is as beautiful as a rose.
Well, thanks, and I hope you have a great time running the country. :) Sincerely, Yoselin Teresa Martinez Xonthe, San Francisco
Dear President Obama,
If I were president, I would tell people to not talk too much. It wastes time. If I were the president, you wouldn’t have to pay rent. When you go to the store, you wouldn’t have to pay for sure! I’d also say to war: no more, no more, no more!
Catherine Galvan, age 6, Chicago
Top Customer Reviews
The organization (called 826 National) that collected and benefits from the proceeds of this book is a group of tutoring and writing centers all over the country. More than just containing optimism, Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country inspires it.
Examples of wanting to help - volunteering to help "clean up the world," suggestions on first things to do - "Meet with your helpers. Get a puppy." "If I were your helper when you move in, I could move everything!"
Sample requests - "Can you stop pollution?" "One thing you could do is fix the economy. The price (at Starbucks) raised (sic) 31 cents for no reason. So you should probably tray to change things like that from happening." "Could you help my family get housecleaning jobs?"
Pledges of support - "I trust you!" "I wanted to tell you that I am arabic (sic) and I heard you were half way arabic (sic)."
What they would do, if president - "If I were president, I would help all nations, even Hawaii." "As president, I would move into the White House and get some people to help me with my homework." I learn in school every day, but people don't listen, like David." I would give the poor people more money so they don't have to look for food in the trash can."
And finally, - "I wish I was your long lost son."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a collection of letters written by a group of children and adolescents (ranging in age from 6 to 18 years) to Obama when he was elected to the U.S. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by JWANG, Ph.D.
The kids' letters to President Obama make for a fun little book. And even better that the profits go to a good cause.Published on April 1, 2009 by CJR
My son and I really like this book. It has got us to talk about politics in a kid friendly way, and has given me insight on kids point of views. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by Helen Rike
After reading a friend's copy, I bought this book as a gift for my parents, who worked hard canvassing and driving people to the polls in Ohio. Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by Jessica M. Wright