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Local youth write to the 44th U.S. commander-in-chief

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The following letters were written by E. V. Cain Middle School eighth-graders. American history teacher Sylvia Haverberg instructed her students to write a letter to President Barack Obama addressing either a national or international issue, or to comment on a segment of his inauguration speech. Dear President Obama, First of all, I would like to say congratulations on becoming the 44th president of our great nation; I truly believe that you will do an amazing job! You are very charismatic and inspiring. You give everyone who hears your speeches hope and confidence even though our country is going through tough times. In your inauguration speech, when you said, “a man whose father just 60 years ago might not have been served at the local restaurant can now stand before you and take a most sacred oath,” I felt the tears well up in my eyes. It made me think of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech when he talked about the sons of slaves and the sons of slave owners sitting together at the table of brotherhood, and how the White House was actually built by slaves. Now the sons of slaves and slave owners really can sit together, because of you, and I’m sure that I’m not alone in wanting to thank you. Kayla Lardner Auburn Dear President Obama, I want to congratulate you on getting elected the president of the United States of America. I hope you can help with the economy by helping people get back their jobs and help with the stock market and also help people from losing their homes. Also I think we need to do something about the gas prices and bring them back down to where they were about $1.50 instead of about $2.50 at most places. I would also agree with you on stopping the war in Iraq because we have lost many lives in Iraq, also so the troops can see their families again. I think that you should take some troops out and send a couple hundred back to protect the army base we have there in Iraq. I also think that as the president of the United States of America you should also stop spending money on things we don’t need and on things we do need like more money for education. Congratulations again on the success of becoming the president of the United States of America. Kyle Kelley Auburn Dear Mr. President Obama, First I would like to congratulate you on becoming the first African-American president. I hope for you to have a great four years in office, and I hope you could really help our country. I also think that you could really help the war in Iraq. I think the redeployment of the troops in Iraq is a good idea. We have spent too much money in Iraq, and many people have died. You have made a great choice to negotiate with the Iraqi leaders and help settle things in our country. All in all I think you would make an awesome president. Good luck. Andrew Wong Auburn Dear President Obama, First of all I would like to congratulate you on your presidency and the history that you have made. Honestly, I think you will be an inspiration to all, especially to all who might consider running for office no matter their gender or race. Second, I would like to talk to you about a problem that is hurting our great nation. This problem is the recession. If we don’t do something now we may face even more debt in the near future. We need a plan, a plan to get this country back on its feet. This isn’t the only problem we’re facing, ever since home sales dropped we all have been hurting, so we need change and we need it now! I have an idea to solve this problem. So I was thinking maybe instead of bailing out all the major car companies like GM, we could give the money to the people who need it the most, the people of the United States. We are in a crisis state and we can’t afford to make mistakes. We need change and we need it now! Thank you. Amanda Duncan Auburn