In a letter dated November 1, the White House responded to a 10-year-old girl who wrote asking how she should deal with schoolmates who make fun of her for having two fathers.
“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,” 10-year-old Sophia Bailey Klugh explained in a handwritten letter to Obama that went viral last week after one of her fathers published it on Facebook. “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?”
“Our differences unite us,” Obama’s letter explains. “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.”
“In America, no two families look the same,” Obama’s letter went on. “We celebrate 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.”
Despite being typed up — and, admittedly, quite likely written by someone in the White House communications office — it still bore Obama’s signature, and a lament that he couldn’t accept Sophia’s dinner invitation. “I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to dinner, but I’ll be sure to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello,” it concludes.
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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