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Obama Sends Letter To Girl Who Wrote To Him About Her Two Dads That Will Not Make You Cry At All

Only a big meany-face would not love this storyAs if we needed more reminders of the differences between the candidates in this here election, think about how Mitt “Do teh gheys even have famblies?” Romney might reply* to a letter from a 10-year-old girl who writes a letter to the President about her two gay dads:

I am so glad that you agree two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other, but at school kids think that it’s gross and weird, but it really hurts my heart and feelings…. If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?

Here’s the full letter that 10 year old Sophia Bailey Klugh sent to Barack Obama:

And here, in case you needed one more reason to call that friend who wasn’t sure they’d bother voting, is the President’s November 1 response to Sophia, sent just days before the election:

Dear Sophia,

Thank you for writing me such a thoughtful letter about your family. Reading it made me proud to be your president and even more hopeful about the future of our nation.

In America, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity. And we recognize that whether you have two dads or one mom what matters above all is the love we show one another. You are very fortunate to have two parents who care deeply for you. They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you.

Our differences unite us. You and I are blessed to live in a country where we are born equal no matter what we look like on the outside, where we grow up, or who our parents are. A good rule is to treat others the way you hope they will treat you. Remind your friends at school about this rule if they say something that hurts your feelings.

Thanks again for taking the time to write me. I’m honored to have your support and inspired by your compassion. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to dinner, but I’ll be sure to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello.

Sincerely,
Barack Obama

Damn it, we think some ninjas just sneaked in and started slicing onions as we typed this post. Go call that friend or relative you suspect may not have gone to the polls yet, OK?

*Actually, some other smartasses have already imagined the letter Rmoney might send to Sophia.

[ HuffPo via alert reader “BadKitty904″ / Nerve]

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  • Barbara_

    God, I love this President. I will be crushed if Romney wins tonight, seriously.

    • red_kira

      ME TOO! I mean, I just LOVE him. Why haven't libs/Dems/etc. been shouting to the rafters about his BIG basic accomplishments – like getting rid of DADT, and ending the Iraq war, and killing Osama Bin Laden, and passing the freaking Lily Ledbetter Act, and the frakking Affordable Care Act??!??!?! He hasn't just been sitting on his hands. And he has a HEART. And he has compassion! And seems like a NICE PERSON!!!! I love him!

      And I am spluttering. I realize that. I am backing away from the keyboard now.

      • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

        Yeah, I saw that silliness on Rachel last night too. Didn't you guys see the entire fucking Democratic Convention?!

    • Jus_Wonderin

      If he wins, I want to be crushed. Or maybe, just toss me in the wood chipper and throw the switch. Point the output toward the azaleas. I hear they love it.

    • SorosBot

      2004 was horrible enough; that would be crushing. But be reassured:
      http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/

      • Barbara_

        Thanks for the update, Soros. Funny, I've been sexting with Nate Silver all day and he's made no mention of this.

        • Geminisunmars

          Please, Barb, don't distract the Nate.

      • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

        I don't read Nate regularly. Does he account for the massive fraud and voter suppression in his predictions?

    • freakishlywrong

      I also as well. Too. In Ameriduh, we don't always get to have nice things. I hope tonight is not the rule.

    • Nothingisamiss

      Barb, it's nice to know that if I'm crushed tonight it will be next to you.

    • Generation[redacted]

      It might look something like this…

      Dear Sophia,

      I think you are gross and weird.

      Sincerely,

      President Romney

      • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

        this is funnier than the other smartass imagined response.

    • comrad_darkness

      Your rights will also be crushed, so at least you will be in good company.

  • Serolf_Divad

    Wait 'till you read the letter Romney sent to a young boy who was all sad that his attempted leveraged buyout of struggling company with zero debt, massive assets, and lots of liquid cash on hand (not to mention a fully funded pension) was thwarted by a poison pill merger. That letter will make you weep.

    • Come here a minute

      Poison pill mergers are people, my friend.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      "Take a letter, Maria………………………….."

      • emmelemm

        Address it to my wife…

  • ChernobylSoup

    Our long national nightmare of kindness, wisdom, and maturity may finally end tonight.

  • HouseOfTheBlueLights

    Branco Bama is awesome. I decided I'm not tired of him after all.

  • edgydrifter

    Goddamn. The man can still ride unicorns over rainbows when he wants to. I only wish he did it more often.

    • Geminisunmars

      He has to recuperate every time, you know.

  • Araminta Moonbeam QC

    No, I'm fine. I've just got something in my eye.

  • noodlesalad

    If these dads are not yielding maximum happiness benefits and ROI at this school, could they possibly be outsourced to China for a similar same-sex couple with lower costs and similar margins? I'm…asking for a friend.

  • http://www.wonkette.com ChillBill

    FOUR MORE TEARS!

    • BadKitty904

      IKR?

  • Tilley

    "treat others as you hope they treat you"? Sounds like something straight out of the Saul Alinsky Handbook for Muslim Fascists. Plus now there's something in my eye. Damn you, Wonkette!

    • BadKitty904

      I was doin my homework at my desk last night and I happened to see that article and the next thing I know – *boom* – tears are running down my face and my bf is all "Babe, what's the matter?"

      PLEASE God let him win.

    • Crank_Tango

      Only nannystaters would make a RULE out of GOLD.

    • emmelemm

      Saul Alinsky Handbook for Muslim Fascists

      Also, the Bible.

  • Jerri

    God damn it. I was going to be all, "Joke's on you, Dok. I already read Obama's letter and cried over this yesterday.."

    Except I didn't see the kid's letter then!

    Today is shaping up to be quite the emotional roller coaster.

    ETA: the handwritten kid letter I mean. I saw the words but not the picture of the letter, which, come on. My ovaries can only handle so much punching, ya know?

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    p.s. Bronies can also be fine, upstanding Americans.

    • SmutBoffin

      Until Brony persecution ends, none of us will ever be free.

      • One_Man_Band

        Sorry, but that's just the way I was raised.

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    Mitt would have several Secret Service agents dispatched to this tyke's house to forcibly cut the dads' hair.

  • gullywompr

    Those kids at her school… they only have straight parents, and no letter from the President of the United States of America in their back pocket. LOSERS!

  • memzilla

    I have nut-punched Mitt Rmoney. With enthusiasm. With vigah. With votes.

    (Well… with one vote, at least. But I've pestered several people!)

    • BadKitty904

      Keep pestering! The polls aren't closed!

  • calliecallie

    I just wish he would have told her to use her good words. Typing between tears…

  • Beowoof

    Makes think that voting for him and then working at the Democratic offices doing court petitions for those who are not being allowed to vote is all worth it. Shit it just destroys the cynic in me.

    • Geminisunmars

      Thank you, Beowoof. When Bronco Bama wins, we will carry you around on our shoulders. (Special thanks for having a dog face, too.)

  • SmutBoffin

    Yeah, well, Romney writes letters to the various currencies that make up his constituency. Like this gem:

    "Dear Renminbi –

    Thanks you for the nice letter. Yes, I would like to get to know you, and the rest of the East Asian currencies, a lot better. If I become President, you and I will have a big party with all my important friends!

    Love,

    Mitt

    P.S. Don't tell Dollar; the party is a S-E-C-R-E-T!!!!!"

    • savethispatient

      On day one I will mark you as a currency manipulator… manipulating your way into my HEART! <3 <3

  • redarmyzombie

    …Guys?
    I think I'm gonna cry…

  • YouBetcha

    Michelle, I think he deserves some extra lovin' for that one, if you catch my drift.

    • SmutBoffin

      No, I don't catch your drift. I need 4000 words of slashfic on my desk by tomorrow morning.

      • emmelemm

        If it's Michelle and B-Rock, then it's not technically slashfic. Just erotica.

        • SmutBoffin

          Fine. Add Captain Kirk into the mix, then.

          • Lot_49

            Ew. Couldn't we have Lt Uhura instead?

    • widestanceromance

      I fully expect the entire west wing will be torn from the rest of the building by dawn.

  • BadKitty904

    This guy has GOT to win tonight.

  • Close_Read

    She's like a rainbow.

  • memzilla

    Bronco 'Bama… SEKRIT MUSLIN BRONY!

  • UnholyMoses

    I am so glad whomever wins tonight (or whenever the SC decides who wins) doesn't really matter because, ya know, both candidates suck. It's true! I read over at Firedoglake that Obama is JUST LIKE Bushy McHitler times infinity!!

    I mean, it's not like a President Hairgel would have told the girl to pull herself up by her My Little Pony bootstraps and run away from that faggy home or anything …

    • SorosBot

      Drones! Obama gave us compromise health care reform instead of using his magic powers to enact single payer! And he didn't give me a pony! Therefore IT"S THE THIRD BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND HE'S EXACTLY THE SAME AS ROMNEY AND I'LL PROVE I'M A MUCH BETTER MORE PURE LIBERAL THAN YOU BY VOTING FOR JILL STEIN TO HELP ELECT MITT ROMNEY!!

      • Nothingisamiss

        I just moved to Berkeley 3 weeks ago (for 6 months, at least) from the deep red south. This was the first heated political arguement I heard. I'm all, like, "Srsly? I thought you guys only posted on the internet. ' Barack O'Cheney'?"

        Hahahahaha. My previous political worries included my car being vadalized for my Obama '08 sticker.

  • red_kira

    It is not too early: Sophia Bailey Klugh 2040!!!

    • SmutBoffin

      in the meantime: Spiky-haired Daddy/Pompadour Daddy 2016!

  • CommieDad

    This is another example of why Gay Marriage is a family issue. I believe in my fellow Americans, and my fellow Washingtonians. I believe in a few hours, we will make history and vote for Families (Ref. 74). When people understand that it is a family issue — even people who think gay marriage is "gross" — they vote to approve it.

  • Nostrildamus

    "A good rule is to treat others the way you hope they will treat you. "

    What sort of Socialism is that?

    (Rhetorical question. I'm sure Fox will let me know.)

    • BadKitty904

      Didn't that Jewish guy say something similar?

  • Come here a minute

    It's no "five-year-old touches President Obama's hair", but it'll do.

  • SorosBot

    Romney would again be shocked to hear that gay people have families.

    • EatsBabyDingos

      I use the phrase "Romney would again be shocked" with "his testicles" and "nine linked car batteries" in sentences regularly.

  • http://www.boskolives.wordpress.com boskolives

    The number of kids that have gay republicans for fathers is huge.
    The number of them that know about it, well, not so huge.

  • freakishlywrong

    Go Hopey Go! And Biden too!

  • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

    I'm not in love
    So don't forget it
    It's just a silly phase I'm going through

    • notreelyhelping

      Big boys don't cry….

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    (dab dab) Goddamnit…

    • BadKitty904

      Awww… :0)

    • widestanceromance

      Wonkette owes us all new keyboards for very different reasons today.

    • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

      Snark about the pony, you'll feel better.

      • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

        Yes. Spanking the pony helps.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Dear Sophia,

    Haterz gotta hate. Not your problem; theirs.

    Now don't be that way yourownself, got it?

    Hugs,
    Barry

    • Lot_49

      Gotta admire your temerity in attempting to top our Hopey in peak form. Kinda like Steve Martin re-doing "The Pink Panther."

      Worse yet, it might've been a staffer who wrote that beautiful letter. That could be even more disappointing than finding out that "House Hunters International" is fake.

      • Jus_Wonderin

        That could be even more disappointing than finding out that "House Hunters International" is fake.

        WHAT!!!

      • Geminisunmars

        Now Bamz has to win!!! I couldn't take another disappointment on top of this news.

  • Not_So_Much

    Well, this shit just punched me right in the snark-taint. I got nothin'.

  • FlipFlopFuck

    Dear President Romney,
    The poor kids laugh at me at school because my daddy is a hedge fund manager. Daddy is so happy that you were able to give him that 20% tax cut, so now I can go to a private school where there are no poorz.
    Thanks for giving us our country back.
    Tell VP Ryan I said hi.
    Jimmy

  • widestanceromance

    I was thinking about this letter when I voted to uphold MD marriage equality this morning (in other words, sticking the tip into the very institution). To think that I may actually marry the man I love in the state I was born is nothing short of gobsmacking. I refused to let anyone see, but I was swallowing hard when I touched the screen.

    I said, swallowing hard. [sniff, sniff]

    • Geminisunmars

      Wishing you the very best outcome.

  • JackDempsey1

    Sophie Bailey Klugh:

    This is an excellent starting point for your screenplay.
    2 notes:
    1. Could one dad throw the other dad down a well? It could be "accidental."
    2. Could a day at the beach involve the threat of sharkbite?
    Our people will be in touch with your people.

    the LifeTime Network

    • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

      Could one of the dads be anorexic? Could YOU be anorexic? Could one dad have a secret second family with a woman? We're spitballing here.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Bamz is gonna win, so we won't need to be singing Gimme Shelter, rather…

    ♪♫ let's give some love away, give some love away ♫♪

    • ElPinche

      Never heard of "Play for Change" until now. That's wicked awesome! Thx weejee

      • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

        You're very welcome. They have a host of tunes, and the monies (if you pay) go to a great cause.

  • CommieLibunatic

    Kenshiro! Show us how manly tears are really done!

    Also, all the heartwarming. ALL of it.

    • SmutBoffin

      Today, we are all the Fist of the North Star.

  • GregComlish

    Hey guess what little girl. I'm going to the polls right now and I'm voting GAY MARRIAGE.

  • BadKitty904

    Thanks, Dok, for posting this. An amazingly clear reminder of *WHY* we voted today…

  • GortRay

    "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." But if you're a true "Murican, you'll take some extra and stash it in a Swiss safe deposit box.

  • ElPinche

    No bullshit, no pundits, just peace and quiet real-time map:
    http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/preside

    Or watch Dick Morris shit himself on FoxNews…your choice.

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

      Thanks!

  • CommieLibunatic

    Accusations of faked letters in 3… 2… 1…

  • Jus_Wonderin

    If sperm cells can kiss like that, well, why the hell can't two men?

  • HarryButtle

    Having a loving, caring 11-year-old daughter myself, I'm particularly sensitive to the nastiness that other children (most of whom have been raised poorly by "traditionally married" bigot fucktards) can dish out. I can't imagine what this little girl has to put up with on a daily basis, but kudos to Barry for that reply.

  • ChuckieJesus

    Chuckie Jesus is gonna be calling up her gay mommy and telling her she loves her tonight. :) <3

  • natl_[redacted]_cmdr

    aww weepy pony…

  • http://twitter.com/iburl iburl

    Obama loves all families, unless your family is within 200 yards of a military age male in certain countries, then you are collateral damage… the point is… Romney sucks worse.

    • decentcitizen

      By classifying military age males (14 yrs or older) as militants, Obama can truthfully assert there is no collateral damage from drone strikes.

      • http://twitter.com/iburl iburl

        It's all for the good of the country.

        Can we have your liver?

  • cognachas4paws

    In spite of everything the President has had to endure the last four years from the fright wingers, I still think he truly believes what he wrote in that letter – and quite frankly, that makes me support him even more.

  • notreelyhelping

    Kid must have been walking on air after reading the reply. Nice thing is, Obama probably was after writing it.

  • natl_[redacted]_cmdr

    Is that a line drawn from one dad's lips to the other dad's lips? And does it says "love" above it? I'm gonna faint and cry now.

  • Sassomatic

    Obama did not mention our troops in this letter, because he is against America.

  • rickmaci

    Oh jeezuz. If he doesn't win tonight…

  • barto

    Ninjas, eh? Check your pockets for candy!

  • docterry6973

    Dear Sophia,

    Did you ever see 'Karate Kid'? 'Straw Dogs'? How about 'Death Wish'. Keep a good thought.

    Barack Obama

  • eporter70

    I went to Mass (Catholic) on Sunday, and the priest defined a family as follows: The purpose of the family in our society is to support and love each other.

    Nothing about raising children, nothing about one man one woman….love and support each other.

    Sophia gets it, and so do her 2 dads. What a great letter!

  • ttommyunger

    Know that in a Romney Administration, Rick Santorum would be running Homeland Security, the two dads would be in prison and this kid would be in Child Protective Services working 12 hour days at ten cents an hour.

  • Halloween Jack

    P.S. Oh, and Soph: if that whole golden-rule thing doesn't work, don't be afraid to cut a punk. I will totally pardon your ass. Barry Bamz got ya back. BHO