June 11th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
5 years ago

President issues get out of class pass to 10-year-old

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (CNN) - How do you get away with skipping classes on your last day of school?

Make sure you get your hands on a presidential pardon.

President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting on Thursday in Green Bay, Wisconsin to discuss his health care agenda - but he also took a little time to write an all-important "get out of school" note.

A young girl named Kennedy attended the town hall with her father, who was called on to ask a question.

Her father, John Corpus, started his query saying he hoped his daughter wouldn't get into trouble for missing the last day of school.

"Do you need me to write a note?" Obama asked.

Clearly assuming that Obama was just kidding, Corpus continued with his question - only to be interrupted by the president.

"No, no, I'm serious. What's your daughter's name?" Obama said, as he started to write a note. "I'm going to write to Kennedy's teacher."

He then walked over to the girl and handed her the note: "To Kennedy’s Teacher, Please excuse Kennedy’s absence…she’s with me. Barack Obama"

No word yet on whether the president's get out of school free card did the trick.


Filed under: President Obama • Wisconsin
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Mich

    Oh, boy this is news come on cnn.

    June 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Dawn in Pa

    That was so sweet....

    June 11, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Queue up the predictable Obama love-fest...

    June 11, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Linda MacMillan

    No one could ever accuse President Obama of being conventional, ya gotta love a guy like that.

    June 11, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. The black spider

    Talking about down to earth president.
    Repuclican bashing in 3...2...1...

    June 11, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Paul, Montreal

    I find Palin to be in poor taste.

    Keep up the good work Dave!!!

    June 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Enough

    She should have stayed in school, she's too young to understand any of this or the impact. That age through 25 they think everything is free and provided by someone else.

    June 11, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Cute...I wonder how this threatens national security and the health and welfare of the future of mankind. Please enlighten us GOPers.

    June 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Jimmy the Geek

    Wow. I am floored.
    We have the nicest president in history.

    June 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. The Master of Photo Ops

    What a joke Obama is the master of photo ops..... As Obama tells Congress that they must do their budget on a pay as you basis, he exempts his own trillion dollar deficit spending plan for health care reform. That's like putting COngress on a diet and saying they cannot eat bread for dinner, and then the White House going off and eats cake, ice cream, candy, pizza, and everything else fattening.

    June 11, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. bob in LA

    Wow! Obama just paid for her college education! That note is already valuable, imagine what it will bring in a few years!
    Congratulations Kennedy!

    June 11, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Obama Victim

    Hitler Youth??

    June 11, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Henry

    Beautiful!

    President Obama has so much more class than the Repubs.

    He knows how to win hearts. Shame he won't be able to win the hearts of these harsh, angry faced Republicans. They would probably call on the girl to be sent straight to jail.

    June 11, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Chris Kirkpatrick

    That's sweet, if not unnecessary. Who exactly is Kennedy going to give the note to after the last day of school? What it shows is his personality, not so hidden behind a distant politial veneer.

    June 11, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    That was a cute jesture on the part of the President.

    June 11, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Shirley In California Now On The Fence Re Obama

    The father is the one who should be reprimanded. Why would he take his young daughter out of school to listen to adult issues? Obama is not her father he is her president. Any pardons should be left to the parents or did he now feel he had enough authority?

    June 11, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Susan

    wow..
    I think its a great experience to meet a president. you can recover whatever you missed in one day's class but the experience will be forever.......

    June 11, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Harley

    The only difference between obama and God is obama likes to be worshiped not only on Sunday but everyday.

    June 11, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Melissa

    Thats adorable. Too bad the teacher won't believe it unless they see it on the news. I like this President.

    June 11, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Chris

    Has that note made it to e-bay yet?

    June 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Michael Hsu

    School truancy is a crime in most states. The president should uphold the law.

    June 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. dee-dee, NY

    OHHHHHHH
    Thats so sweet.!!!!!
    Keep up the good works.
    No one can keep a good man down.
    GOD BLESS THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A.

    June 11, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Ursula

    ahhhh.... thats just pretty darned cute!

    June 11, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Dan

    Obama was like, "Dude, I am the freaking President. I can get her out of school." And, he just made someone a lifetime democrat. LOL

    June 11, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. KALA-CHARLOTTE NC

    too cute.

    June 11, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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