'Dear Mr. Obama' - letters from Gainesville-area students


Published: Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 6:22 p.m.

Kids might not be able to vote, but they have a lot to say about the next president and the state of America.

The Gainesville Sun asked local students to write letters to president-elect Barack Obama sharing their thoughts, well wishes and requests. The letters -- ranging from sweet to serious -- echo many of the issues on the minds of taxpayers: the economy, gas prices, the war in Iraq, taxes and the environment. Many of the students were worried about the plight of homelessness and saving the rainforest. And of course, the kids wanted info about the puppy.

Here's a sampling of some of the letters. They were edited for space, but not spelling and grammar. We wanted to keep the essence and authenticity of the children's letters. To read more letters in their entirety, go to www.gainesville.com.

Hi.

My name is Cayla and I was wondering how is it like to be the president. What are you going to do to change the United States of America? I can't wait until I can meet you. One day when I meet you I will be so happy.

Cayla Dupree, 3rd grade, Duval Elementary School

Dear President elect Obama,

Here is Gainesville, FL we are celebrating our victory over Oklahoma! I could only wish that you could make our country a better place to live. Here are some suggestions that you might want to take care of right after your inauguration, January 20th. The economy first, second, get all the soldiers back from Iraq. Then, you might want to take care of all the unemployed people. Last, take care of the gasoline problem. In conclusion, please try to make our country a better place to live. I know it would be very hard to be president but, we will be supporting you all the way.

Sincerely,

Isabel Brazzel, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

I am from Korea & my Dad works in the University of Florida now. Now I have 6 suggestions for you. One, I want lower prices on gas so I can travel to places such as Korea. Two, I hope you tell the men that are building to stop now. Three, I want to have very great thing here on Gainesville, Florida. Four, I wish for no more harm to innocent people Five, I wish for great things for my country, your country, our country the United States. Six, I want you to help bring Iraq soilders back home.

Sincerely,

Taehee Matthew Lee, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear Mr. Barack Obama,

Even though the Gators (chomp, chomp) won the National Championship we are even more pumped about you being President. My first suggestion is don't cut so many trees down and if you do save those animals and put them in a safer place, make gas prices lower ... give new jobs so people won't be poor. So if you could do these kind and generous things it would touch my heart.

Sincerely,

Mia Delaney, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear Mr. President,

Mr. President I am a resident of Gainesville, FL. Congratulations for becoming President of the United States! I am looking forward for the inauguration! I have some suggestions for you about the country.

First, I think you should lower gasoline prices because I like to go places with my family. Second, I think you should also make food items cost less because I think people are paying too much for food. Last, I think your campaign promises are great.

In conclusion, I think you're the best.

Sincerely,

Andrew Stouch, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear Mr. President,

Even though the Gators won National Championshp I still did not get you off my mind. I'm so so excited about you being president and stopping the war in Iraq and sending all the soldiers back home. I would be so happy if you stopped the war in Iraq because I am from Iran wich is a little close to Iraq. I bet the soldiers will be so happy to be home and my family will also be excited and my family would not be worried. Sincerely,

Dehna Rezaei, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations!

Your lucky you got to be President! Do you and your family like art? So since you are President does it mean that that you can do what ever you whant to do?

Sincerely,

Hunter Flowers, 3rd grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations!! I'm happy that your president. I don't know how I could be happier. I have not but one question. Are you going to take more money from school? We have lost our music and now our art teachers. Thanks to the gouvenor. I'm sad. We have even lost after school staff.

Sincerely,

Bleu Anderson, 3rd grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations! The Earth is getting hotter. In Antarctica the polar bears are dying. Thats because the ice is melting. Can you do something about it. I think you are going to be a great president.

Sincerely,

Anthea Bell, 3rd grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations!

Can you band beer and ciggartes. thank you. Oh and I know youll make a good President.

Sincerely,

Allan Rivas, 3rd grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations!

My whole family voted for you. I'm very happy that you won the election. I know that you are going to change America a lot.

Sincerilly,

Kaila Montague, 3rd grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

When you won I was so happy! I think it is nice to have a African-American president. People might think it is wrong to have a black president, but you kept on going. How do you do that? I am not brave. How are you so brave?

I hope you will help the rain forest and plant more trees in the world. It will help stop wild fires. I would like you to help protect endangered species. I would like you to stop war. I think you will be a good president and you will do these things.

Sincerely,

Zoe Martin-del-Campo, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

I was so excited when the people on TV said you were the president that I cried. Then I went to school with a big smile on my face. My teacher said "What are you so exited about?" and I said "Obama Won!"

Sincerely,

Leaundranae Young, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

I hope you will be a good president. I think you will be good. I hope schools will have more money. I'm sad about people that are dieing because of war. I hope you can stop it.

I hope you pay back other countries. They need money too. Can you try to save the rainforests. Send out people to plant trees and plants. In Gainesville there are pictures of you on cars and houses. They say Hope. When it was election there were a bunch of signs in Gainsville that said vote for Obama. My class was going wild about you.

Sincerely,

Tawny Harrington, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

Let's fix some things.

I live by alot of homeless people. Please help them find homes. Could you clean up the water? Make some better jails protect rare animals. Help some kids learn in school. Please help our country! Make race cars safer.

Help alot of schools. Are you ready to move in the White House? Are your daughters happy to get the puppy? Are you sad to leave your home? Please make the White House safe so you can stay safe.

You and your family have a wonderful, wonderful time.

Sincerely,

Kiara Scott, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

Can you let all schools be 100% educational and talk to bullies to stop bulling in school Makes tests that easy.

Give the poor shelter, money, and food. And let all war be done. And stop all violence today. Give school more materials. Get more security in school. Give homeland security better technology.

I am really excited that you are going to be a president. Help those that are in trouble. Help them because it's really sad that they sleep in flat card board. Rescue the animals so they won't be hurt.

Sincerly,

Joseph Bulanon, 3rd grade, J.J. Finley Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

Hi my name is Jaquez Allen and Mr. Obama I really love you for being our elected president I would have voted for you but I am not 18 years old If I was I would have vote for you A ZILLION TIMES but my family voted for you. You have a beautiful family now that I can say. But I have been hearing people say that gas prices and stuff that you buy are really going up and I keep telling people that you are really really trying for us as hard as you can to provide and succeed for this country. I wish you could come down here to Gainesville and come talk to us at METCALFE ELEMENTARY but you're a busy man and I know how hard that can be for you and your family sometimes. But it is okay with me because I love you. The rest of my family does to So on the news people are talking about you and there said you made a promise that our troops will get out of our Iraq in 16 months then when it went off they said that instead of you making a promise you should have made a goal instead. But then I said OBAMA is going to do what he needs to do to make this country a better country for us.

YOUR ONE AND BIGGEST LOVER,

Jaquez Allen, 4th grade, Metcalfe Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

Mr. Obama THANK YOU for beliving in our county, for fighting for what you belive, and to just have the guts to go and show that you love this beautiful land we all live in. You are just about the perfect person to run this county.

Mr. Obama please please lower the gas prices so me and my family can go on a vacation. We always dreamed of. You do not know how much you mean to me. I LOVE YOU!!

Sincerly,

Nakesha Upshaw, 4th grade, Metcalfe Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

I was thinking could you please help the people that don't have anything because many kids are hungry and the parents don't have jobs to feed the kids. So Mr. Obama can you please help all the kids and parents that don't have no close and food to eat and please could you help them find a home where they do no have to live on the streets give them a place they can call home a job where they can make money and provied for their families so all the kids can live a nomal life and can have a wonderful life just like all the rest of us.

May god bless you!

Sincely,

Brianna Thomas, 4th grade, Metcalfe Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

Your trulely my hero Mr Obama. But I want to ask you something. Could you try to help our neighbors by helpin the poor and homeless people please. I think it cuill really help the economy. Plus I don't think there would be much crime. Because poor people wouldn't rob people with money. It would also make people very happy. So please help us it would make everyone happy expecially me.

Yours Truley,

Nick Crane, 4th grade, Metcalfe Elementary School

Dear President-elect Obama,

We really like for you to be president. But we have some concerns about neighborhoods. We can't aford dirtbikes and mini motorcycles because store prices are too High!!!

We want children in our neighborhood to have fun. Plus I think you should put more money into schools for supplys because there are some children that are coming into schools that parents don't have enough money to buy pencils and things. You kind of know what I mean. I have something else to say. We defintly need people to stop speeding in our neighborhood because kids are playing in that neighborhood.

Yours truly,

Torrey Richardson, 4th grade, Metcalfe Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

My name is Rossi and I am 9 years old. I attend Charles W. Duval Fine Arts Academy in Gainesville, Florida. Now I have lots of stuff I want to tell you. I heard your speech. It just turn my life around. You're right you can change.

Rossi McDonald, 3rd grade, Duval Fine Arts Academy

Dear Mr. Obama,

I was concerned about the gas price and I think you should lower it and the tax price. I want you to halt smoking (including you) because some people (like me) are getting asthma. I think you should help people that don't have houses or clothes. You should give the kids from school more summer time.

Sincerely,

Stephen Ruel S. Angeles, 4th grade, Metcalfe Elementary School

P.S. Be happy and be a good president and my last name names a city in California.

Dear Mr. Obama and family,

Hello Mr. Obama. I'm happy that they elected you. ... I want you to change gas prices so that me and my family won't fight to get to Williston. One day I hope that you can visit us just one day even though it cost a fortune. Ok its about time for me to do math. Have a blessed day and tell your family I said hello. I'm Kajen Monroe and I approve this message.

Sincerely,

Kajen Ke-len Monroe, 4th grade, Metcalfe Elementary School

Dear President-elect Obama,

Mr. Obama you do not know why much you winning President mean to me. It make me feel like one day I can be President. I would like you to try to stop poulltion because it is hurting animals in their habitat. And try to get homeless people houses and more stuff in school and I hope one day I will see you. I think u can do it no I know u can do it. All u have to do is try. Know that I know u are the best u just have to belive and so does ever one in the world.

Your truely,

Ayesha Garrison, 4th grade, Metcalfe Elementary School

Dear. Mr. Obama,

I do believe you can bring our troops home safely. Your speeches really do speak to our citizens. The USA is lucky for you to be president. I bet you have done so much for this job. Congratulations for your bravery. I believe in you. Do well sir and continue to be a role model.

Your friend,

Andrew Ehrke, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

I would like to request that you bring the soldiers back. Too much money is being used on them. This country has too little money. I also don't understand why they are there. That is probally because I'm a kid.

I also want to say congragulations on being elected. You have made history. I hope you make more history as you go along. Good luck. It will be tough but you can do it.

Sincerely yours,

Noah Marsh, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear President Barack Obama,

Even though I disagree about the tax change to people who make more money. I will agree with what ever you diside is right for this country. If I was old enough I would vote for you President Barack Obama. I hope you can balence the economy so people can get there jobs back and win the war of Iraq.

Sinscerely,

Nick Shugart, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

I would really like it if you could get food for the homeless. I would also like to request to bring back the troops. Because I hate it when you see kids crying because they losted someone. It would be cool if you tack down the gas prices so I could pay for gas for my 4 weeler. And good luck on the inauguration. My two brothers are going. I think there going to the ball. I herd you have a dog. What's his or her's name? And if you read this I hope you think the best of it.

Sincerely,

Alpha Franklin, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

I think we should surport you even thought some may not like you. We all should surport you. Me personly I do not like some of the thangs I've heard about you. I do not agree with you on a lot of ways and decisions you make for the U.S.A.

Mr. Obama some of the stuff kind of worries me like you not having a birth certificate. And the thang with bill airs. But I do not no if that is true. Good luck Mr. Obama.

Reef Marko, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Mr. Barack,

My name is Tiffany Heather Stafford. Congratulations on your win for president.

I request to know what type of puppy you have. First, I would like gas prices to go down and for prices of cats, dogs, horses, and hamsters to go down to about one hundred dollars. Next, I would like for you to donate money for the poor, homeless and orphans to have a home.

Then, What are you going to do about economy? What about Iraq and are you going to stop the war? Finally, What are you going to do about people who kill other people and drunk drivers?

Sincerly,

Tiffany Heather Stafford, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Barack Obama,

Congratulations on winning. But I have a question of commander in chief of the armed forces why can't you declare war? Also for citizens of the United States of America What are you going to do with us. All of us want to know your decisions, they mean a lot to us in the U.S.A.

I think as Head of State you should tell other countries to take a break on the war so they can recovor with their family's. I insist that you do this.

Sincerely,

Haley Abbott, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

(P.S. Thanks for all the help.)

Dear Mr. Obama,

As you being the Head of State, you probably have a whole bunch of jobs and it can be very stressful. But I think you will do a great job. Also, I have a few questions. When you become commander in chief of the armed forces, will you have to raise taxes so you can send money to the war? Will gas prices go up?

In addition, I hope you would go to other countries and bring peace. That would be so nice to find out that there is some peace in the world. In conclusion, I think it is SO cool that you get free food cooked for you! Oh, and one last question. Are you worried about the country being in debt?

Sincerally,

Brianna Biehl, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Presedent Obama,

I am a very confident you will be a very bold, smart and caring president. I have some good feelings about the choices you will make. As the Economic leader of the country, I have some advice. Because the war is costing us so much money, we could end it and most of the economic problems will be solved. As head of the state, you will get to travel to many countrys don't have freedom of speech. I would appreciate it if you try to establish peace. For some personal questions. Do you have a dog, and if so, whats his/her name? Do you like to go to the movies? Anyway, thanks for all your hard work and congradulations!

Sinccerly,

Gabby FaFond, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

P.S. Also, the schools could use some money and can I call you Mr. Prez?

Dear Mr. Obama,

Since you just were elected president, I give you a two thumbs up! By the same token, I hope you have a warm welcome into the White House!

It is quite unfortunate that the Repulican Party lost. Nevertheless, I am elated that you became the president. Also, what are you going to name your new dog? Naturally, Sasha and girls her age will love your new dog! Since you won, I have been wondering what type of changes you will make for our schools! I know you must be busy and all being Chief of the Executive Branch and all. Well, good luck moving in!

Sincerely,

Sarah Kereston, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Mr. Obama,

As commander in chief of the armed forces what are you going to do about the war? Are the troops in Iraq going to be coming home to the US soon? Next, I would like to know what laws you would pass for us. I am very excited that you are going to be our next president!

In addition, I would like to see you make peace with other countries in the world. It would be nice if you could help decide if school should were uniforms. Nevertheless it would be nice to have uniform so it would stop people judging people on how nice there cloths are.

In conclusion, I hope all the decisions you make come from your heart and not what people are telling you to do. Last, I hope you try to stop global warming. Good Luck and I hope you do your very best!

Sincerely,

Kaelyn R. Nash, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear President Obama,

What will you change about the country when you are sworn in to be Head of State? I'd personally like it if you would change the percentage of crimes happening in the country. The crimes around the country affect the safety of the citizens. I'd also like you to add more money to school funds so we can have both music an art classes.

I hope you can try to stop the war in Iraq because we are in deficit in the economy. If you stop the war we can add more money to school funds. Then, the children can get a better education. I also hope you can try to find oil here so we can stop buying it from Iraq. That also effects the school fund.

Sincerely,

Alexandra Marie Mouat, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Barack Obama,

As economic leader will you use some of this money to help enshure that polotion will countanin under control and to help make more electric cars?

As head of state will you make peace on earth to all countrys? I know you are also the legistative leader witch is why I ask this, will you pass laws saying gay people have the right to be maryed and reject laws saying that one person is more important then the other?

P.S. What do you think the bread of dog you get is going to be and what are you going to name it.

Senseraly,

Jonathan Locombe, 5th grade, Glen Springs Elementary School

Dear Mr. President,

You have helped me accomplish and inspired me to achieve my dreams tremendously. Now I'm planning on going to college in the future to better myself with an education. I haven't always had the best behavior in school, and my personal background hasn't always been the best situation. Therefore, there have been many times in which I believe I would never make it past High School. With you becoming president hopefully you would probably understand my situation so that I might have a chance of getting college one day.

Yours Truly,

Frandreka Woods, 8th grade, Lincoln Middle School

Dear Mr. President,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm very proud you were elected President of the United States. You have really inspired me as a person, and now I believe I can achieve anything. I'm really glad the gas prices have dropped. I'm so happy you that you were elected because once you get inaugurated I think the world will be a much better place.

You have also made history by becoming the first African American President. It means also to me that I have lived to see a part of American History. You also inspire me to live the right way.

Yours Truly,

Ashanti Bradley, 8th grade, Lincoln Middle School

Dear Barack Obama,

This is the first time I was really interested in the inauguration. When you are in the chair I believe that everything would get a little bit better, so please don't let me down. Every one is depending on you. This is the first time a African American in the White House. I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you to be in the chair.

Sincerely,

Louis Jackson, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Obama,

I am writing this letter to show my appreciation for you running to become the president of the United States of America. You give all us here at Eastside High hope, and now we know that this country is truly changed. We as young African Americans now know that we can achieve goals that we never though possible. Some see this election as a victory for you only but me, my family, and my friends see this as a victory not only for you but also for us and the country as a hold. If we are able to support you in any way we have made the decision to do so. Many people who never got to see but fought hard our freedom would have been proud to see you in office. I hope that you can be the change that we have been waiting for.

Sincerely,

Tim Seymour, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations on becoming president of 2009. You said you can bring change and I hope you do. I believe in you and I hope to see you succeed. 2009-2013 looks like they are going to be great fun-filled years. With new things in life like tax-cuts…NO MORE RECESSSIONS!!! I am really glad that you are president I look forward to the years to come. Thank you and have a blessed day.

Respectfully yours,

Camile McNeil, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Obama,

I am so greatful and lucky to have you as my new president, even though im not old enough to vote but if I was able, you would be my #1 choice. Most people I know were happy when you won because the color of your skin which I understood because when you wont the excitement brought tears to my grandmother's eyes and the words she said everything she went through…”We did it” “We did it”…

Sincerely,

Destiny Benton, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Elect Barack Obama,

I am glad that you won the election because I couldn't imagine anyone else being President because you are such a great leader. It is such a great honor for you to be President of this country because President Bush has been such a bad influence on this Country. Not to be rude or anything but he has caused tragic in this country. I feel that you will bring this country back. A lot of relief will be lifted off this country's shoulders if the troops come back safely and if gas prices go down.

Sincerely,

Sheldon McPherson, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Barak Obama,

If I could have voted I would vote for you. I'm happy that you are the president now and hopefully the economy as we knew it will change. I know you had to go through a lot to get where you are at now. Now that you have become president, you have inspired a lot of kids. I think you inspired them to do better and know that you can do or be anything if you put your mind to it and work hard to get where you need to go. When I walk through my school today, I see everyone walking around with a picture of your face on their shirt. Everyone feels like they have hope now and can make it through their hard days. You bring hope to everyone including us as kids and I really appreciate that. My condolences go out to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Lintorica Smith, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear president Barak Obama,

Congratulations Mr. President you did it for us we finally got an African American president. You are my new hero. People have waited for this for so long for this, and you did it for us. I just hope that you take this time as a time to change all of this stuff with war and start bringing home the troops. So many people miss there sons and daughters and they have no choice but to wait for them to end the war. I know a lot of troops probably have kids and they really want see them. They are in hard time right now but all we can do is pray for them and hpe for th best I'm pretty sure your going to handle that in the matter it should (unlike Bush).

You are an inspiration to all of us you just don't know the joy I felt when you had been elected I was like in tears and I don't even cry that often. You gave me so much hope because to me I felt like we weren't going to make it in this world, but you gave me motivation. Now I work hard in school I listen to my parents and everything you just let me know that anything is possible. Well get to work and congratulations again thanks again for inspiring me to keep my head up.

Sincerely,

Joey Robinson, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Obama,

A black man finally has power. A lot of people have been waiting on this I'm so happy for you and your wife and kids. But can I ask you for one thing can you make my mama life better so she doesn't have to work two jobs. Can you lower prices on a lot of things? Thank you for pushing me to be like you and be the next President. You have a pretty family my mama have a picture of you and your family in the house.

Love,

Willie Sutton, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President-elect Obama,

My name is Lamonteria Johnson; I want to say I have much respect for you. Not only because people see us as the same race, but because you did something people never was expecting us to do. You showed me that you can do anything in the world that you want, but only if you put your mind to doing it. Also I would like to congratulate you for making it to the top. You have influenced me that I can make it no matter what anyone says; think about me, or what they try to do to me. Mr. Obama I want to thank you and prayers go up to you and your new White House family

Lamonteria Johnson, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Obama,

I am glad that you are the president of the United Stats. Mr. Obama I really am looking forward to you being the president for the next four years and I hope and pray you will rerun so you can clean up the mess that we call the world. Mr. Obama I think that you will make a great president. If I was able to vote I would have voted for you because said change and I'm ready for change. I hope you can change the way the taxes are rising and the way they are cutting medical insurance. I feel you can bring our country peace. I feel you know about the struggle and I know you can help the country so there want be any starving people. Mr. Obama I really am proud of the way you kept your self esteem and didn't let anyone tell you that you can't do it.

Sincerely,

JaRay Long, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Obama,

Hi Mr. Obama. I was so inspired by you. You made me believe that anything is possible. I never would have thought there would be an African American person as the president. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sincerely,

Ike Pernell, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear president Barack Obama,

You are my inspiration when I wake up in the morning. I know that I can change something in life no matter what it is. You made a big difference in my life and I bet a lot of others. I thank you for believing in your self enough to run for president. I hope you make good changes so nobody has to struggle in life anymore. I hope you do successful at being the president and know that you got millions of people backing you up and supporting you throughout the nation.

Good luck.

Love,

Jenny L. Johnson, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President Obama,

I have to say how proud I am of you of being the first black president. Out of all the generations of Caucasians you're the number one black president. That makes me very proud to know if your our president you going to make some great plans for our country. I'm really glad you were elected that shows that we would really like a president who really wants to make change. For our rising generations and for the present and our future. I hope you really can reach the goal you dreamed of making for the whole world and completing all the problems that needs fixing. I feel that we can make a change and that gives me the power and the confidence to work hard for whatever I do. And to also not look at the problem and try to see the way you can work it out. Oohhhh how amazing it is that soon one day you're going to be our official president. In conclusion I congratulate you for making so much progress and whatever you're going to do in the future I hope you do accomplish everything in your agenda and knowing that you need to help the ones who needs help help knowing that you will all our goals will be reached once again thank you and congratulations being elected.

Sincerely,

Sherese Harris, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I am estatic you won the election and I believe you will be a phenomenall president. You have already made your place in history and will have to work hard to make that a place that people will remember as one of the best presidents of the United States of America. You have showed the world and our country that the color of your skin doesn't affect what you want to be. There is still, of course, racism, but you showed everyone especially the younger generations, that you can truly be whatever you want with hard work and perseverance, no matter what color your skin is. I thank and trust you.

Sincerely,

Emilio Quintana, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

Congrats on your big, big win. I wish the best for you and your family. I hope you can do everything in your power to help this country do a complete turn around. With everything that's happened it's pretty hard for some people to survive, and a lot of people is counting on you to make things right. Just have faith and we know you can do it. Good luck in the White House and keep your head up.

Sincerely,

Taquisa Thompson, 12th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to congratulate you on becoming the 44th president of the United States of the America. I hope your years of presidency will be most successful. I also hope you will make America more environmentally friendly. I suggest that you put more effort into energy conservation and environment friendly products. Also, please lessen the amount of forest demolition that make room for houses that are not lived in. My neighborhood had a forest, but it is being destroyed for a new neighborhood. The problem is, the new houses are too expensive and residents do not stay long. The forest, a habitation for animals and a nice walkway, has been eliminated for nothing. I believe this is an outrage and it upsets me.

Another thing I hope you improve is payment of teacher and professors. They are such an important part of education and they deserve so much for their hard work. Please improve their payment and reward all.

Once again, congratulations Mr. President.

Sincerely,

Michelle Kaul-Ardelt, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to express my congratulations to you for winning the 2008 Presidential Election. I believe this is a huge step toward true racial equality in our country. This is an amazing chance and I do not believe you will waste it.

Sincerely,

Zadia Dupee, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

First I would just like to say Congratulations!

I am a member of my school's young democrats program and have been with you through and through. I completely respect all of your decision. I feel comfortable with the country in your hands. For eight years I have been longing the change we need an it has finaly come. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Owen R. O'Grady, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

Now that you have been elected as president, you are the most powerful person on earth. You can do whatever you want. Whether you want to improve this great nation or destroy it the choice is yours. If I may ask please attempt to fix our environmental situation. Places restraints of economic bailouts, so that our economy, which is in dire straits, remains intact.

Thank you,

Rohit Singh, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Obama, at first I didn't care about, who was going to be president. Then when you became President, I was in aww!! I couldn't believe my ears. I would have never guessed I would have been up all night watching the election. I even got EMOTIONAL! I'm so proud to call a democratic African American my president! Oh, yeah, your cute! J

Love,

Kristal Williams, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

Congrats on winning the 2008 election. As a citizen the only thing I ask of you is to remember that coexistence is important. If we really want this country to prosper we have to come together. In politcs especially, it is important that political parties come together in order for a more efficient government with the interests of al in mind. Maybe that can set an example for the rest of our country; that in order for us to get ahead we must unite despite our differences.

Sincerely,

Zulay Perez, 11th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I just want to start off by saying congradulations on not only winning the election but also on being the first African-American president. I am so proud and also happy for you and your family. I am also thankful of you being brave enough to take on the responsibility of being president. To me you are a big inspiration on everyone, mainly young black men, that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Hopefully, through you, America will change for the better and all the racism will come to an end once people see what great of a person you are. Once again congradulations and I can't wait to see what you have in store for the U.S.A. God bless.

Sincerely,

Cameo Williams, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to congratulate you on becoming the first African-American president in United States history. Seeing you become President gives young black men like me hope and determination. That gives us a sense of hope knowing you can do anything that you put your mind on. No matter how many people say you can't. I hope you and your family do well in the White House and just do well in general.

Donald Buie, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on your victory!

This truly signifies change for our society. Some concerns that affect my life are immigration and job opportunities. Surely, you will find a way to lift our economy to success. All I can say is good luck in all that you do, and best wishes to your family.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Gubya, 9th grade , Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I am looking forward to all the good things to come during your presidency. I am thrilled that you won but I still wish I could have partaken in the history. GObama!

Sincerely,

Rebecca Rosenblat, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I have watched these last few years and seen American fall. We entered a war that has driven us from a surplus to a trillion dollar defecit. There are many other ways in which America has fallen. More to the point is the simple fact that your electoral victory in my mind and I suspect in the minds of millions of Americans has given us hope. Hope of returning America to it's former glory. I believe that you will fulfill Dr. King's dream "... that one day this nation will hold true to it's creed that all men are created equal."

Sincerely and with the best wishes of luck,

Benjamin Whitehead, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

Hi! Before I complain I would like to say that you are awesome! Ok, I think that our school definatly need more money. There needs to be more shelters/help for poor people/children. Alright, I know this one is a little out there, but you would be my idol forever, and probably many others, if you could get the entire world to sign a peace tready. Ok! Thanks! I know you'll try your best!

Love,

Rachel Sheahan, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I am looking forward to the upcoming date of the inauguration. I really believe that this country needs positive change and I am sure your arrival will bring change.

Good luck, President!

Sincerely,

Meghan Kessler, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

As a president I think you should take stress off of students and take away FCAT. Most students and teachers hate the test FCAT. It will really make a lot of students happy. I don't think one test should determine a students intelligence. It really isn't fair.

Kaprisnia Reese, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

It is amazing that I can be so young and experience an event so magical. I am truly proud to have such an honorable president succeeding in such an impacting way. Dispite your maturity, pure heart, and wise and encouraging words, people still put you down and doubt your abilities. This pains me because I have to think twice before celebrating your incredible achievement so I don't offend anyone. However, after given thought, I have decided that if you can survive verbal and emotional abuse, so can I. I refuse to let anyone deprive me of my job. I can't wait to see your progress.

Thank you,

Jonderia Curtis, 11th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to begin by thanking you for braking the cycle of cookie cutter president. Your bravery of running for president has given many people the sense that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. I am especially proud to know that a single mother on welfare was able to raise the first black president. I, myself, am a student at Eastside High School, who is raising a two year old son on my own. It motivates me to believe that now my son may be or can be the next black president.

Iva-Marie McIntosh, 11th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I am so honored to have you as my president no only because you are of my race, not only because you have made a history that will never be forgotten but also because you have proven to be a strong leader who ahs come to really fulfill the definition of change. Through all the devious propaganda are fairy tale alligations you pressed your way right to the top. With billions of supporters I to stand by your side. With an outstanding phenomenal woman at your side I am more than 100% sure that your goals for this country will be met above and beyond what is said to be the unreachable.

Tineisha Carr, 11th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I'm really excited that you are the new elect for President. The economy is really in a hole and we need someone of your criteria to grasp America and pull us out of this recession. History was made the evening of November 4, 2008, and my wish for the next four years is for everything to improve, economic wise and other. I think the country recognizes the change, even though most are still holding back as a result of these hard times. Great luck Obama! I'm looking forward to the future.

Sincerely,

Matthew Malv, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I am so happy that you are the president. People have been waiting for years for this historic event. Who would have though that we would have a president like you. To me it's not the fact that you are black, but that the fact that you don't really care about race. You want change. I am sixteen years old and even I see the trouble in the world. I am just so happy to be a part of such a historic event. Have you thought that one day you would be president? Wow, it really is something.

Cierra Mackey, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear President elect Obama,

Well by the time you read this you will be president. I congradulate you in your well done job. You believed enough into yourself and you achieved a whole lot by just running for president. Election day I was so excited and when it was said that Barack Obama, was the president elect I felt a tear drop. You made history big time. I think you deserved to be in a history book. You will do great things while in office. I hope you shock the ones who didn't vote for you. Remember you have million and millions of people supporting & backing you up.

It's time for a change.

Love,

Jenny Johnson, 10th, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

Hello! How are you doing? I hope you doing good. How does it feel to be president of The United States? I voted for you on my birthday (10/28/08) cause I had just turned 18 and I was so happy to vote for the first time. Well let me get to the important things. I would like to say, could you send the troops back very soon cause if they stay in Iraq any long we could not have any fight in the war again. Please help the youth because it seems like everyday it get harder for us.

Dominique Williams, 12th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations once again on winning the election. I feel that you are the man for the job. I know that you feel wonderful waking up every morning knowing that you made history on Nov. 5, 2008. I hope you guys take care of the puppy. Did you ever thing that you would be the first black president? I send my condolences to you. I know your grandmother is very proud of you. She's watching from a better place. Congrats on being the first black president.

Sincerely,

Miriam Washington, 10th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

First of all, I would like to congradulate you on becoming the first African American president of the United States. Even though I don't agree with a lot of your beliefs and thoughts, I respect you because you are our president. My wish for you as our president is that you rethink your stand on abortion. Think about all the innocent babies being killed every day. I hope you find it in your heart to change. If you do stand for “change,” change your stand on this topic. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Shelby Varner, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Dear Mr. President,

I was hoping you would take office. Ever since your first speech, I noticed hat not only do you have unbeatable stage presence, but I noticed your public speaking was clear, understandable and sincere. I believe our country is in trusting hands, and that I wish you un-ending luck for you and your family. Being president is certainly no small task. Your strongest support comes from family and I.

Sincerely,

Catherine Sassano, 9th grade, Eastside High School

Mr. Obama,

CHANGE. This small word didn't convince my parents to vote for you, but it gave me faith. Most people in America thought you would be assassinated your first day on the job because of your race and heritage. They only drilled the fact you were half black though, and didn't realize the concept of you also being half white. None of that matters anyway, because you are an American. This country we call home is falling apart. I don't intentionally put all of the pressure on you, but it is partly yours and the government's job to recollect our home. We need to focus on the main problems such as peace, honesty, loyalty, and most importantly being a whole people.

I go to small school called Newberry High, and everyday my friends come to me and cry. What's wrong? Their power has been shut off again because their parents aren't able to support a household as a result from economic troubles. I've come to realize though, I have heard this happen to too many families; not just in Alachua County, or in Florida, but in America. What have we come, seriously? I've cried and seen too many tears to let this issue go any further just to become worse. My thoughts, my life and the futures of others are not going to be overturned any longer. Let me remind you what our preamble of the Declaration of Independences states:

"We the people in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America."

The words underlined are the most important. America has forgotten these words forever engraved on our history. Money and materialistic objects people 'think' have value are getting in the way of what our founding fathers set out for us to be. The American person is supposed to be trustworthy, honest, accepting, wholehearted and brave. The people of our past fought to keep our freedom, our justice, and to remind us why we stand together forever and for always. Now-a-days people fight to prove they are stronger physically and have more nuclear weapons. They can't see though, that this only conveys a message of fear saying "we're afraid to shake hands and say sorry for our mistakes." I don't necessarily believe government was the group that started choosing actions to only benefit themselves, but recently they have seriously gotten out of control. The citizens of this country have also been looking up at them for help and only notice the ay of greed. Therefore, most people have become obsessed with gaining money and climbing higher in our so called social ladder.

The reason jobs were created was to support the average household family. Why do we always take things for granted: life, people, money? I believe since this is a time where mostly everyone in this country is going to be looking up to you, it is your duty to show them what a TRUE AMERICAN is supposed to do. Instead of trying to make the government bigger and controlling, abolish laws that only benefit .0002% of the population and start creating ones that benefit to 99.9998% of the country The United States are supposed to act as a family who cares, not like two drama queens in high school who need the principal (the government) to come and break them up. Another action we need to make is to rethink, reconnect and to relax. Our minds are strongest forces in the world; it's a proven fact. Preferably we need to think intently about getting better by working together, as a country, instead of focusing on becoming poverty stricken home if we want CHANGE. The way we live is also about ourselves. It's a new year, and it's time to start thinking about other's needs. You probably knew this already, but ten percent of our population is living on less than two dollars a day. Charities are somewhat helpful, but most of them are actually being shut down because of loss of supports. We need to reconnect our relationships with each other if we want CHANGE. Everyone has been extremely uptight, just breathe and relax. Take things a little slower and think about what you're doing if you want to see CHANGE.

As you can see, I might just be fourteen, but I do understand a lot more than people expect me to perceive. Personal experiences have made life more difficult, but I believe that they do make us stronger. I want you to analyze all that YOU have been through as an American. Then, decided what most people would find helpful and through as an American. Then, decide what most people would find helpful and beneficial towards our country. People may say things that offend you, and you try to convince you of actions that are made towards greed, but remember, if you accomplish what we were meant to be then problems will fade away. The citizens you will lead will follow in your path if you can show them the way to being a better American.

Truly yours,

Cheyenne Sutton, 9th grade student, Newberry High School

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