STRONG MEN ALSO CRY...  5:12 pm November 6, 2012

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

by Doktor Zoom

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_ November 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm

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

red_kira November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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.

Chet Kincaid_ November 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

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

Jus_Wonderin November 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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

Barbara_ November 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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

Geminisunmars November 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Please, Barb, don't distract the Nate.

Chet Kincaid_ November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

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

freakishlywrong November 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

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

Nothingisamiss November 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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

Generation[redacted] November 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

It might look something like this…

Dear Sophia,

I think you are gross and weird.

Sincerely,

President Romney

fuflans November 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

this is funnier than the other smartass imagined response.

comrad_darkness November 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

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

Serolf_Divad November 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Poison pill mergers are people, my friend.

Jus_Wonderin November 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

"Take a letter, Maria………………………….."

emmelemm November 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Address it to my wife…

ChernobylSoup November 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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

HouseOfTheBlueLights November 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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

edgydrifter November 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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

Geminisunmars November 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

He has to recuperate every time, you know.

Araminta Moonbeam QC November 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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

noodlesalad November 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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.

ChillBill November 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

FOUR MORE TEARS!

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

IKR?

Tilley November 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

"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 November 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Only nannystaters would make a RULE out of GOLD.

emmelemm November 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Saul Alinsky Handbook for Muslim Fascists

Also, the Bible.

Jerri November 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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?

Chet Kincaid_ November 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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

SmutBoffin November 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

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

One_Man_Band November 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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

GunToting[Redacted] November 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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

gullywompr November 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Keep pestering! The polls aren't closed!

calliecallie November 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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

Beowoof November 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

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

SmutBoffin November 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

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

redarmyzombie November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

…Guys?
I think I'm gonna cry…

YouBetcha November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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

SmutBoffin November 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

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

emmelemm November 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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

SmutBoffin November 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Fine. Add Captain Kirk into the mix, then.

Lot_49 November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Ew. Couldn't we have Lt Uhura instead?

widestanceromance November 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

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

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

This guy has GOT to win tonight.

Close_Read November 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

She's like a rainbow.

memzilla November 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Bronco 'Bama… SEKRIT MUSLIN BRONY!

UnholyMoses November 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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

SmutBoffin November 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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

CommieDad November 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

"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 November 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Didn't that Jewish guy say something similar?

Come here a minute November 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

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

SorosBot November 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

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

EatsBabyDingos November 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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

boskolives November 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Go Hopey Go! And Biden too!

Sharkey November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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

notreelyhelping November 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Big boys don't cry….

Chet Kincaid_ November 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

(dab dab) Goddamnit…

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Awww… :0)

widestanceromance November 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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

imissopus November 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Snark about the pony, you'll feel better.

Chet Kincaid_ November 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Yes. Spanking the pony helps.

Lascauxcaveman November 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Dear Sophia,

Haterz gotta hate. Not your problem; theirs.

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

Hugs,
Barry

Lot_49 November 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

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

WHAT!!!

Geminisunmars November 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

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

Not_So_Much November 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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

FlipFlopFuck November 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Wishing you the very best outcome.

JackDempsey1 November 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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

imissopus November 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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.

weejee November 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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

weejee November 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

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

CommieLibunatic November 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Kenshiro! Show us how manly tears are really done!

Also, all the heartwarming. ALL of it.

SmutBoffin November 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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

GregComlish November 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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

BadKitty904 November 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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

GortRay November 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

"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 November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

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.

Chet Kincaid_ November 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thanks!

CommieLibunatic November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Accusations of faked letters in 3… 2… 1…

Jus_Wonderin November 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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

HarryButtle November 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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

natl_[redacted]_cmdr November 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

aww weepy pony…

iburl November 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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

iburl November 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

It's all for the good of the country.

Can we have your liver?

cognachas4paws November 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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

natl_[redacted]_cmdr November 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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 November 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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

rickmaci November 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Oh jeezuz. If he doesn't win tonight…

barto November 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Ninjas, eh? Check your pockets for candy!

docterry6973 November 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Dear Sophia,

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

Barack Obama

eporter70 November 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

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 November 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

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 November 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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

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