Obama writes open letter to daughters

America's next president writes heartfelt letter to Malia and Sasha

Barack Obama has written a heartfelt, open letter to his two daughters, Malia and Sasha, ahead of his inauguration next week.

The President-elect’s thoughts will be given away in free magazines this weekend in the States, but have also been published on the Parade website today.

Titled ‘What I want for you – and every child in America,’ the letter acknowledges that the road to the White House ‘hasn’t always been easy for you’ and ‘that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn’t make up for all the time we’ve been apart’.

However, he explains, ‘I realised that my own life wouldn’t count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfilment in yours. In the end, girls, that’s why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.’

He talks more generally about his wish to see every child in America ‘go to schools worthy of their potential‘ and ‘to have the chance to go to college, even if their parents aren’t rich’.

There is also an explanation about why it is sometimes necessary to send young men and women to war, but a promise that he will always try to resolve conflict ‘peacefully’.

The letter then closes with a more personal note: ‘I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humour as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House. Love, Dad.’

READ THE FULL LETTER HERE

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