The Authentic Experience
Well, I was watching Fox 5 San Diego last night and saw the most adorable girl. She was 5-year-old Alanah Poullard. She was visiting the White House last week with her father, a wounded serviceman. There were other veteran families there as well.
White House photographer Pete Souza caught the moment on film where Alanah ran up to President Obama and asked if he’d write her a note for missing kindergarten to be there. He laughed and grabbed a note pad, and wrote the excuse.
Something tells me Obama knows a little about autograph and memorabilia collecting because he told her, “Now…don’t give this to your teacher. Just show it to her.”
Mr. Poullard said on the news that it probably won’t really hit her for another 10 years.
What surprised me is that this isn’t the first time the President has written an excuse note for a student. In June of 2009, during a Wisconsin town hall, he wrote a note for 10-year-old Kennedy Corpus. He was missing the last day of 4th grade. Obama promptly wrote “To Kennedy’s teacher – Please excuse Kennedy’s absence. She’s with me.”
It was signed, “Barrack Obama.”
Exactly three years later, an 11-year-old was given a similar handwritten note (that was signed “Barrack Obama, president”.
I’m guessing a meeting with the President sure beats telling the teacher, “The dog ate my homework.”