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. Peter

    So I'm a dyed-in-the-wool conservative who couldn't ever vote for Mr. Obama–but I think this is pretty funny. Good on you, Mr. President.

    But, I somehow wonder what the reaction would be from some liberals if Mr. Bush was the one doing this...

    June 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    I am sorry that there are those who are "sick" because the President would be nice enough to stop and recognize a ten year old. Perhaps that is the reason your party of "No's&FEAR" only has about 25% calling themselves Republican.

    June 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. kingssman

    When Nixon came to my town to do a town hall meeting. My mom pulled me out of school to attend. She wanted me to see a president up close in real life, no matter who he is or what party.

    I don't care if it was GWB in that hall. If you have an opportunity to visit the president, then you should try to take on that opportunity

    June 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. dude

    there are thousands of problems facing this country but instead of asking our elected leaders the tough questions CNN is taking the easy road and cover all the cute thing Obama has done like drinking water, breathing air and eating food. well gone.

    June 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Funny...I don't seem to see anything about him asking whether the girl and her father were Dems or GOPers before he acted nicely towards them. Huh.

    June 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Naldo

    This girl may very well grow up to become President of the United States of America. Showing a citizen attention and compassion for their life issues is a way to give people confidence in their government.

    The GOP probably hopes the girl fails.

    June 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Naldo

    This girl may very well grow up to become President of the United States of America. Showing a citizen attention and compassion for their life issues is a way to give people confidence in their government.

    The GOP probably hopes the girl fails.

    June 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Vin

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

    Uh...granted, I'm an atheist, but wouldn't God want to be worshiped everyday?

    June 11, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Does anyone on here even know what the President is doing? Do you realize how much debt we are going to be in soon? What happens when nations such as China, Russia, etc stop buying our debt? We are racking up billions of dollars more in debt every single day and our first thought is to include socialized healthcare? Makes perfectly good sense to me (sarcastic). I am neither republican nor democrat, completely independent but you give this one year and I can promise that you will be wishing there was someone else in office. There can not be democrats or republicans leading this nation, it needs to be bipartisan to complete the checks and balances that are needed. We have an ignorant nation that thinks money can be generated out of thin air (much like the USSR back in the 1980s) and handed out to banks and companies that dug themselves into their own debt. Be a responsible citizen, read the Constitution, read the Bill of Rights, and think to yourself if we as a country are upholding any of the policies we held as the nation we started out as.

    June 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Dev

    Living in Israel, I just hope the presidente will be as adorable to the jews as he was to Kennedy... It`s scarry!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Courtney

    That is absolutely adorable!! Say what you will about our new pres but you can't deny the cool factor here

    June 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. BUTTACAVOLI

    you guys call him the president. i think he is on borrowed time if he keeps ruining this county, he will be impeached very soon. it's funny bill clinton lied and got impeached , obama lies everyday and nothing.

    June 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Larry

    To Jake: Now that would be a socialist handout wouldn't it? Which way do you Conservatives want it?

    June 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Melissa

    Why are the Republicans on here being so hateful over something so small? You'd do the same thing if the President was a Republican so stop behaving so holier than thou. Its childish.

    June 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Have fear Rev. Wright is here

    Take them out of school so they will become a leach in society..

    my hero

    June 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. David in Houston

    I really like our new President!

    June 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Enough

    Greg in NYC – You really think Obama cares about you?? He's a smooth politician, you must not be old enough to see through all that. He only cares about you if he can take money from you and give to those who don't want to work for anything. Unless you are the latter, then you are right.

    June 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Laura

    The quote under the picture is grammatically incorrect.

    June 11, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Ren from Baltimore

    Boy, these Republican sure do have a flat spot. How in the world can they complain about a President giving a 10-yr-old a "get out of class" note, especially for the last day of school? Aren't the civics lessons learned from attending this town hall meeting worth a bit more than cupcakes and punch?

    You guys lost-don't take the fun out of life for everyone else, especially for the kids. Sit it out, knock it off.

    June 11, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Mary

    You people have to be out of your minds. People have taken their kids out of school for many events that they as the parents deem valuable. You want individual freedom and self direction but then when people don't support the people you want them to you will rant about anything. . Amazing..what a bunch of hypocrites you all are.

    June 11, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Sean

    ummm...if it's her last day of school...how is she gonna give the teacher the note??? next fall???

    June 11, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. ANDRA BERNARD

    WOW....many of you are so bitter. It's just a "note" for godsake. Sheesh let the little girl enjoy this little bright spot instead of overshadowing it with negativity.

    June 11, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Brian MacDougall

    Republicans and PUMAs on this board have become so twisted by their blind hatred that they can't even see an honest moment for what it is. I feel sorry for all of you.

    June 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Buzz

    Must be a staged photo op.....this is not news

    June 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Michigan Jim

    This is not news.

    June 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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