THANKS AND HAVE FUN RUNNING THE COUNTRY: KIDS’ LETTERS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
A few days after the election of Barack Obama, kids around the country were asked to provide advice and guidance to their new president. In this collection, arriving at inauguration time, there's loads of advice for the president, often hilarious, sometimes heartfelt and occasionally downright practical. Students from all over the country reach out to the 44th president, speaking to the issues closest to their hearts, relating their life stories, and asking for help. Topics include the economy, education, war, global warming, race relations in America and immigration. The book also includes letters about snow cones, puppies, microwavable burritos, dinosaur projects, multiplication and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, reportedly haunting a White House bedroom.
Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country includes such advice as:
"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
Watch a video of 826 National kids read their advice to President Obama here.
Praise for Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country:
"[Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country]… offers a moving snapshot of children's lives in the waning days of 2008."
"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
“A collection of childhood wisdom that just might make a difference in the difficult times ahead.”
“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