Editor’s note: In honor of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration Tuesday, we are sharing “Dear Mr. President” letters from four area schools, along with some artwork to commemorate the occasion. We received many more letters than we could print. To read them all, go to www.kansascity.com/opinion
third grade, Kansas City
I hope you are able to stop the war in Iraq soon. Also I am interested in what type of dog you get. My suggestion is a golden retriever. I almost forgot to write congratulations on being president-elect. Also I hope you can stop the gas prices from going up again.
Me and my family think you will be a great president.
Congratulations for winning the election. I hope you protect our whole world. I think you should make less taxes and more jobs. I think you should help poor people and help poor children learn. I hope you protect everyone. And you should help people that lose their jobs. And I hope you help our community.
I hope you are treated well and fairly. I hope you keep the promises you promised as a president. And please help people who lost their jobs.
Good job on winning the election. It’s an honor to have you as president. Everybody is very proud. I’m excited.
I hope you do good things for this country. Please protect our country. Are you nervous? Do you think you will get lost in the White House? How’s your family?
Well, congratulations. Have fun. Can you lower taxes, please? Also, can you make more jobs? Well, please think about what I said. Good luck.
Congratulations! I am glad that you have been elected for president! I don’t like “China toys” because they break too easily. I want you to stop letting China send stuff to the U.S. and help build more U.S. companies.
I trust you to help protect the U.S. from war and let us have freedom. I hope you enjoy being in office!
Congratulations on being our first African-American president and our 44th president. I hope you do the best you can as our country’s leader. Make sure that you help the helpless and homeless people.
I wish you good luck. I hope you can make it through all four years without needing Mr. Biden to fill in for you. That includes being safe. Stay away from danger. If you’re on a plane, make sure there are no hazards on the way to where you are going or when you get there. Stay in good shape and health.
I think there are some huge problems you should do something about, like the war in Iraq. I think you should lower food and tax prices. There are a few issues, like getting rid of gangs and gang wars.
First, I would like to say congratulations for becoming the first African-American president.
Second, here are some things I hope you will do. The first and most important thing for me is the recession. Thanks to the recession, my family does not go to McDonald’s or Pizza Street. The second biggest problem for me is the war in Iraq, because my friend’s uncle is fighting there. And last, but not least, the third thing is that I hope you will cut taxes.
I heard you are getting a puppy. Malia and Natasha must be so excited. I advise you to get a golden retriever or a beagle. I kept our class pet for winter break. Good luck and congratulations again.
Antioch Middle School, Overland Park
Congratulations! To be the first black president is a great accomplishment. I believe you deserve the job and will be an amazing leader. Thanks for stepping up in these hard economic times.
I’d like to discuss some things. First, citizens’ health. America’s overweight rate has increased immensely. Approximately two-thirds of citizens are overweight or obese. Please address child nutrition. After all, a healthy body supports a healthy mind.
Secondly, because of the harsh times, students graduating high school are having a difficult time earning money for college. My sister is a junior in high school, and our parents cannot afford college. She is looking for scholarships, but there are less as time goes on. My sister is an all-A student and deserves a good education. I would hate to see her lose that opportunity.
Thanks for listening.
Congratulations on winning the election. I’m sure this has to be an exciting experience. It is for me, too, because this is a big part of history.
I’ve heard your plans and your speeches, and I know that you will be able to help us in America’s time of need, whether it is the economy crisis, gas prices or the war on terror.
I also want to congratulate you on being the first African-American president of the United States. It is a piece of history that I’m glad I got to experience. America has come a long way from slavery to presidency.
I want to see how your plans unfold and America comes out of this crisis. Once again, congratulations on your win, and I hope to see many new plans that will better our U.S.
Brandon S. Morrison
Let me congratulate you on your success in being the first African-American president! I’m excited to see some barriers broken down in the work for total racial acceptance.
I must be honest and say that I’m a conservative Republican — and not by my parents’ choice. I disagree with you, but I respect you. You are now the man leading the nation — and slinging insults at you doesn’t help you do what’s best for our country. Though I’m not at all saying it’s wrong to disagree and say so, I feel that insults are entirely inappropriate at this date because there’s nothing people can do about your holding the office.
Know that I will be faithful in prayer for you that you might lead our nation with strength, dignity, courage, justice, nobility and honor.
Congratulations on your victorious election. I write this letter with a great deal of honor for someone who has proved that the United States is and will be a united nation seeking opportunity for all.
You’ve also proved that with passion and determination the mighty destiny of the presidency is possible. I don’t know if my goals will be as grand, but I’m inspired to be a leader with hope and am committed to a better future. I also hope that we continue to be blessed with wisdom, compassion and courage to be able to work together to make good changes.
First off, I would like to tell you that you were not my choice in the 2008 election. I am a supporter of John McCain, but I have nothing but respect for you. Our beliefs may be different, but the country we live in is not. We are “One nation under God,” which means we all have to work together and we have to cooperate.
Good luck in your years serving as president of the United States. I am sure you will do a fine job. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mission Valley Middle School, Leawood
Becoming president of the United States of America is a tremendous accomplishment. You are the first African-American to be the president.
Just think about how far our nation has come. We no longer see skin color as a front anymore. We no longer have ignorant thoughts about the unknown. We embrace every accomplishment made by a person, no matter what skin color, and we take it in as natural as we breathe in air.
We the people of the United States have evolved and come to a higher status where we don’t judge based on color, and I am proud to be one of those citizens. I know I will remember the exact moment that you become president, and I can tell my children, “I was in seventh grade when he became president!”
I am proud of what you have done and looking forward to what you will do in the future as the president of the United States of America.
Barack Obama is not just the president elect; he’s an American hero. Barack Obama did what people thought was almost impossible, and what some people wanted to stay impossible. He ran for president knowing that he was going to be hated and threatened. He also knew he would be getting love and support from millions of people, too.
I put my heart, soul and faith into making Barack Obama president. Although I am African-American myself, the fact that Barack Obama was also had no effect on the person I wanted to win.
Barack Obama is an example of trust, faith, love and America.
After the long and bitterly fought election season, it is incredible that you can remain as calm and collected now when you face the many problems that this country faces, and will face, over the next four years.
I am very excited at the opportunity to have a president I feel I helped elect, and one who won’t just make changes in government that will benefit his supporters, but also those that will help America as a whole.
This will be the first time that I have ever felt that I actually have a president, because this is the first time that I’ve felt a president cares about me. And living in a country being held with your calm and soothing hand is one that I feel very safe in and very proud of.
Last week, my Social Studies teacher gave my class an assignment. She said, "If you had to give an inauguration speech, and try to convince Americans that you can start to fix our country, what would you say? Oh, and you can only use six words."
As a sneaky smile started to spread across her face, I started thinking about what I would say. What would convince me that things would be OK? What six words could possibly do that? Then, I got it. "Obstacles are meant to be overcome." It sums up the situation our country is in.
But the best thing about America is that we can rise to any challenge, and overcome it. With your leadership, I believe that Americans can overcome the many challenges we face today.
First of all, I would like to congratulate you for becoming the new leader of our country. I have enjoyed being able to witness a pivotal moment in our country’s history, especially now with the many issues we are facing.
I must be honest and tell you I was born into a fairly Republican family. However, I do believe that the past few terms with Republican presidents have not turned out as they should have, so I hope that your Democratic presidency will be a positive effect on America. Now that I am old enough to somewhat have a grasp on politics, I look forward to seeing how you handle our current issues and how things improve.
Archbishop O’Hara High School, Kansas City
Congratulations on being elected as the 44th president of the United States. I understand that you have a difficult ask ahead of you, and I know that you have our country’s best interests at heart.
Although your views differ from mine, I realize that you’ve brought hope to many people from all types of backgrounds. I think it’s amazing how you have brought our country together, and I respect you for that. I hope that you can help solve some of the major problems that our country is having, especially the economic crisis. I also hope that you will decide that abortion is immoral and that killing innocent lives should be made illegal.
I truly believe that you are qualified for this job and can make a huge difference in our world. I wish you the best of luck in the next four years.
Katie Huber, class of 2010
I would like to congratulate you on being elected the president of the United States. It is a great honor being able to witness this historical moment. I hope that in these hard times, you will lead our country with strength and perseverance. I also hope that you will be able to bring our soldiers home and find a resolution to this war.
Again, I would like to congratulate you and wish you the best of luck. Never lose sight of the dreams you shared with the world in your speech, “Yes we can.” That speech has influenced many lives in a positive way already, and I hope you continue to influence our country.
Michala Boehm, class of 2011
I would like to take this chance to congratulate you on becoming our nation’s 44th president of the United States of America. I hope you can give hope to all people for a better America and a more united country.
I am glad I was able to witness and be a part of a time where many racial barriers were broken and all people can now be given the hope to succeed and become who they dream of becoming.
Although I do not necessarily agree with you on all of your beliefs, I hope you can be the change the world is looking and waiting to find. Best of luck to you.
Jenna Mahlberg, class of 2010
Congratulations on your victory as the new president. This is a historical event, and I’m glad I was able to witness it. You represent all Americans, and you have shown that the color of a person’s skin cannot prevent them from achieving their goals.
I believe you can make a difference by bringing everyone together and facing the issues of the United States that are at hand. Our economy is not at its best, and many families are struggling financially. This issue is growing because many high school students will find that they cannot go to college because of not being able to afford it, and many Americans have lost their jobs. I think that it is of the most importance that you find a way to resolve this issue.
Congratulations again, and I will keep you in my prayers.
Lindsay Hill, class of 2010