Dear President Obama


I sent this letter to President Obama the week before his inauguration.  Of course I have no idea if he ever saw it, probably not.  Still, I was wondering as we head into this summer of election chaos and frustration, are those of us that elected him happy with the result?  I don’t mean in a lesser of two evils way, I mean do any of us really think he has done all he could have in these past 3+ years?  If he manages to get elected to a second term should we expect more of the same or a renewed vigor and enthusiasm for the things he promised in his 2008 campaign?

Dear President Obama:

Tuesday, on the official first day of your presidency, I will have a request. I know many are expecting you to get us out of Iraq, Guantanamo, the economic morass, of any number of other problems facing us this year. The expectations are soaring, but the reality of how these issues will be resolved is more down to earth. Many expect that you and the people you have chosen for your administration will act quickly to solve these problems, and in doing so transform the current state of the U.S. and the World. It will be difficult, and in some cases impossible, to meet all these expectations. I am sure you know that and will handle that reality with your ever present aplomb. My request is for another kind of transformation, perhaps an even more important transformation.

You did your best to run your campaign with transparency, character and integrity. Please bring these back to the office of the U.S. Presidency. The dignity you displayed in the campaign will serve us all well over the next four years. You will be attacked by your political enemies. You will be frustrated by the complexity of the many issues facing us right now. You will be let down by some of those you have chosen to work with your administration. You will tire at times with so many of us expecting so much of you. But please, stay true to the message of inclusion and hope you displayed in the campaign.

Although in vastly different ways, both of our last two Presidents let us down. These letdowns have greatly affected the collective psyche of our nation and the world. Our last President worried all the time about what his legacy will be. I suspect that is not your style, but in the end all Presidents, without exception, will have a legacy. Please allow the character, integrity, steadiness, transparency, and hope many of us see in you personally not only be the pillars of your administration, but also part of your legacy.

The hope you can inspire in people is a beautiful thing and you have managed this inspiration well. But be cautious, even though hope has wings, please handle ours with care. Let it soar, but don’t let it fly away.


For what it is, this is my letter to President Obama.  If you are inspired to write your own, whether now or at some point in the future, please insert a link to it in the form below.  If you find others out there who have done the same thing, and their letter is not included below, please insert that link also.  If you want to write a letter, but have no place to post it, feel free to include it as a comment on this post.


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1 Anna

Hey Will this is well written letter, I love the content, so professional, and most of all asking for the simple things. You should invite him to read it. If I come across I will post a link, and now I am going to digg it, lol, you know what I mean. Anna 🙂

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2 Will

Thanks Anna! I’m sure, (or at least I hope), he is too busy to read this post! Someone emailed me a link to a NY Time article that includes some letters to Obama from children. Here is the link, very fun to read!


3 Chloe

Hi Will!

I thought my letter, while not very serious, was pretty freaking funny…but that might have also been the several glasses of wine that I had consumed telling me such. I’m glad someone else was amused!

You have a great little site here, and thanks again!

🙂 Chloe

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4 Tina

Dear President-Elect Barack Obama,

I beseech you to give a lot of thought to our future of food. I am deeply concerned with our abuse of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, ect. in our food growing in the U.S. as well as the food that is grown with chemicals that we import from other countries. Please put considerable thought into the position in your cabinet you are giving to the next Secretary of Agriculture. I am a proud American and I care about the soil that makes up our great country. I care about the future of our children’s clean food supply. I care about the damage that these chemicals are doing to our endocrine and reproductive systems. I care about the waters of this land that are polluted by the run-off of these chemicals from agriculture. As a nursing student here in California, I am becoming more aware the importance of having clean water and non-chemical and non-GMO food. This is the only humane way to be. Let us as a nation bring back the ideals of living in balance with the land and living in harmony as a people. Please address these issues will you are in office. Thank you. Bless you.


Tina Harlin


5 June

And I do believe someone will read this! Nice idea…


6 June

I agree…if he fails, let it not be a failure of integrity and other intangibles. Losing faith in ones government is the most devastating thing.


7 Martina

I did not see any change that obama administration talked about all the time, i think we all got carried away with emotions and Obama seems to have let everyone down here.


8 Will

Hi Martina! If you search for Obama here you should find a few posts where I write about just that. There are, however, lots of people that say we should give him more time.


9 Karyn18

Hi Will!
Your letter here is full of aspiration and hope. I just wish President Obama read it. Or maybe, through this post, it will be getting his attention.
We are all hoping for the best..


10 RK Henderson

Very disappointed about Guantanamo Bay. Disappointed it ever happened to begin with, and deeply disillusioned about the inability of the American people (via their government) to stop torturing people.


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11 Tony McGurk

Nice well thought out letter Will. Not being American I won’t comment on your president as I don’t really know enough about your politics. At our last election out elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd did seem to have a different positive attitude to many of his predecessors. I felt that the changes he tried to make were for our country’s best interests. He unfortunately was undermined & stabbed in the back by Julia Gillard & a bunch of her supporters then replaced by her in a 2 faced & underhanded way. She as PM has made such a mess of things & most Australian’s are very dissatisfied with her rule


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