Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dear Sir Obama: Presidential Advice

A few days after the election, 826 Valencia's Programs Director, Jory John, asked students from 826 centers (nonprofit writing workshop and tutoring centers) around the country to provide advice and guidance to their new President. The result was a stack of hilarious, heartfelt, and occasionally downright practical letters loaded with advice, such as the following, for President Obama:

I really hope you put America back together. No pressure though. — Sheenie Shannon Yip, age 13, Seattle

A wonderful collection of the letters emerged from the project and was compiled into the book Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. The book, published jointly by McSweeney's and 826 National, would be a great addition to your Obama memorabilia collection, the perfect gift for your favorite teacher, or a immensely pleasurable read to keep on the nightstand.