Letter from Obama, the Dad

How can one not help but be impressed by our new president? He is smart, decisive and full of hope. He is also an amazing husband and dad. How lucky are his daughters to have him for a dad? How lucky are the rest of us that he is a dad and has the same hopes and fears for his children and thus want the same privileges and advantages for all the children of America too? I just read this touching letter from the president to his daughters and thought I’d share and excerpt from it here.

What I want for you – and Every Child in America
Source: PARADE Magazine

Source: PARADE Magazine

Source: PARADE Magazine

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential—schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college—even if their parents aren’t rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you’ll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country—but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free—that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

Read the full text of the letter here.

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