Photo of the Weekend

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza President Barack Obama writes a school excuse note for Alanah Poullard, 5, while visiting with Wounded Warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House, Sept. 19, 2013. Alanah asked for a note to show her kindergarten teacher.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama writes a school excuse note for Alanah Poullard, 5, while visiting with Wounded Warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House, Sept. 19, 2013. Alanah asked for a note to show her kindergarten teacher.

From last Friday:

Alanah Poullard, a kindergartener and the daughter of a wounded veteran, was visiting the White House for an event Friday honoring wounded military service members with her father.

There was one hitch: She needed a note explaining her absence from school.

President Barack Obama obliged, writing a missive to her teacher from the East Room of the White House as Alanah patiently waited.

Slate:

This isn’t the first time the president has honored such a request. Minnesota fifth-grader Tyler Sullivan got a special note from the president when he attended a campaign speech last June.

In 2009, he also wrote a note for 10-year-old Kennedy Corpus, who missed the last day of school to attend a town hall event featuring the president in Green Bay, Wis.

On a piece of paper, he said: “To Kennedy’s teacher: Please excuse Kennedy’s absence. She’s with me. Barack Obama.”

No doubt seeing the president’s signature is a quite a surprise for those elementary school teachers.

18 Responses to “Photo of the Weekend”

  1. 1

    Nan G

    I’m sure every president does stuff like this.
    But GWBush pushed reading.
    Laura Bush made it her job as First Lady to encourage reading.
    The Obama’s have spoken about eating sensibly, but they are always getting caught during one of the MANY exceptions of a fatty, greasy, sweet or savory meals.
    When Obama is shown giving out school absence notes, he is setting the example that skipping school for any sort of excuse is OK.
    Obama has already tried to make discipline ”more fair” by preventing blacks from receiving the lessons they need to become socialized into American society.
    So, now he takes it to the next step.

  2. 2

    Wordsmith

    editor

    @Nan G:

    When Obama is shown giving out school absence notes, he is setting the example that skipping school for any sort of excuse is OK.

    I disagree. This isn’t “for any sort of excuse” but on behalf of an event honoring wounded warriors. It’s not uncommon for kids to take a school day off for any number of “lesser” reasons. And as you stated, any president does “stuff like this”. That I agree with. It’s Barack Obama doing what we would expect of a president of this country: Acting presidential. It’s good PR, good of the president, memorable for the girl, and is simply a charming story. Nothing more and nothing less.

    She’s 5 years old. What could she possibly be missing from not attending school for one day at the end of the week? What she did gain, was the experience of visiting the White House and receiving a hand-written note from the president of the United States of America. I would think this would qualify as “educational”.

    If it were a Republican president who did this, I don’t think we’d hear from many on the right finding fault.

    But because it’s Barack Obama….

  3. 4

    Richard Wheeler

    @Wordsmith: NanG being NanG. There’s a few more like her at F.A. Pretty obvious who they are.
    Laughable clowns who set back the Conservative cause.
    Thanks for keeping em honest.

    Semper Fi

  4. 5

    retire05

    The photo of the week should have been the one showing how Democrats walked out of a hearing, not wanting to give respect to the mother of Sean Smith and the father of Ty Woods.

    Not some cutesy photo-op of Obama handing some little girl a note to get out of school.

    But I’m sure Richard Wheeler, with his Semper Fi b/s, supports the disrespect shown to the parents of slain Americans by the Democrats.

  5. 6

    retire05

    @Wordsmith:

    If it were a Republican president who did this, I don’t think we’d hear from many on the right finding fault.

    Somehow, Wordsmith, I think if it were a Republican president who did this, you would not have found it that interesting.

  6. 7

    Smorgasbord

    Each person should ask obama for an excuse note to get out of obamacare. That would be something FA could get started. Imagine millions of letters written to obama asking for that excuse note!

  7. 8

    Wordsmith

    editor

    @retire05:

    The photo of the week should have been the one showing how Democrats walked out of a hearing, not wanting to give respect to the mother of Sean Smith and the father of Ty Woods.

    Not some cutesy photo-op of Obama handing some little girl a note to get out of school.

    Naw, it’s the cutesy things in life that prevents us from becoming so ratchety.

    If you can find a good, solid photo of dem Dems walking out, link it here! By all means, please do so.

    You can find any number of gravitas photos of the day from just the weekend alone.

    @retire05:

    Somehow, Wordsmith, I think if it were a Republican president who did this, you would not have found it that interesting.

    Somehow, I think my posting pattern of behavior speaks otherwise.

    I’m all about the frivolous; and based upon past linkage to “Bush feel good” stories and photos, if it had been a Republican president doing the same thing, chances are I still would have posted the photo.

    Hmm….are you suggesting that I’m merely posting a non-hateful Obama photo/post in order to poke my fellow conservatives in the eye and be an agitator? 😉

    I suppose I could have been less gracious toward the President and turned this into a “caption this” photo of the day (as proof in comment #3 decided to pick up on). Then we could see clever conservative humor (and undoubtedly some conservative ugly) display itself here, in all its hateful glory against that evil, socialist, un-American closet Muslim Kenyan in the White House!

  8. 10

    retire05

    @Wordsmith:

    Naw, it’s the cutesy things in life that prevents us from becoming so ratchety.

    Perhaps therein lies the problem: we are more interested in “cutesy” than we are in what is actually going on.

    If you can find a good, solid photo of dem Dems walking out, link it here! By all means, please do so.

    Why? Is it so unimportant, as an author on this website, that you can’t find one?

  9. 12

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Wordsmith
    hi,
    the CONSERVATIVES could not become as ugly as them,
    even if they would try,
    the CONSERVATIVES are the bright ones of this USA,
    SMART, PLAYFULL, OPTIMIST, and the best friend one can depend on always,
    one cannot be afraid of being cross by them,
    as oppose to the DEMOCRAT’S LIED, SO TO GET IN POWER,

  10. 13

    Skook

    Clandestine couriers, delivering top secret missives to foreign leaders, I love this cloak and dagger business. Putin, being KGB will appreciate it as well. Danger at every turn, but top secret government diplomacy goes on, just beneath the surface.

  11. 17

    Petercat

    @Wordsmith: #14
    I’m with you on this one, it’s pretty much what we would expect from any president. I can’t criticize President Obama for this.
    And there’s a sentence I never expected to type!

  12. 18

    Pecozbill

    Obamanation leaves too much GOOD really BAD flotsam and jetsam in his wake to find fault with this picture. I agree with those who think this is a fine pic… wait for the good bad stuff, then pile on!

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