The ultimate excuse note: From the president
September 20th, 2013
10:34 AM ET
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The ultimate excuse note: From the president

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's signature carries a lot of weight. It authorizes military action, compels leaders and can spend billions of dollars with a brush stroke. But it can also get little girls out of school.

Obama this week authorized 5 year-old Alanah Poullard to miss class, writing her a school excuse note, according to a tweet Thursday night from White House photographer Pete Souza.

Poullard is the daughter of a wounded warrior who was visiting the president, Souza wrote.

It's unclear exactly what Obama wrote on the note.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Aww, how cute.

    I can't wait to read all of the hate filled rants from the right......
    You gotta give it to Fox-lite, they never fail to disappoint those looking for red meat for the weekend.
    Carry on RWNJ's. Carry on.

    September 20, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Adorable.

    PS: Screw you, haters.

    September 20, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    A story one can actually break out into a smile over! What an adorable little girl. What a truly wonderful moment for her in her young life.

    September 20, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Baggers will blame the president for encouraging truancy.

    September 20, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Well put, Sniffit!

    September 20, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Will someone tell the wingnuts that buying health insurance from the least regulated states is not a health care plan?

    September 20, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Would You Look at That

    Sniffit & Wake Up... it's comments like yours that ignites the fires. Not meaningless stories and pictures like the above.

    September 20, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. just saying

    if anybody knows how to make excuses, it is obama! every day for 5 years with 3 more years worth of excuses on the way.

    September 20, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Wake up People!

    Just wait "would you look at that", just wait.

    September 20, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Bessy

    Have to agree with " Wake Up " and " Sniffit ". This is something this young lady will never forget.

    September 20, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Joi Gibson

    OMG – it just makes you wanna hug baby girl. A make-you-smile story to end the week. My mother actually called me from Maryland this morning as I was leaving for work to ask me if I had seen this and to make sure I looked for it and lo and behold, here it is. This is just too cute for words.

    Have a good weekend everybody!!!!

    September 20, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "it's comments like yours that ignites the fires"

    I'm sorry, but we have to burn the comment boards in order to save them.

    September 20, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. kirk

    So, no disappointments here, the hate is strong in you. Just cant let a wholesum moment go unspoiled. You really should see what you look like through an adults eyes, its dusgusting

    September 20, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Data Driven

    @just saying,

    I bet you were just saving that one up for any headline with the words "Obama" and "excuse". Congratulations. Now if only you had something interesting to say about public policy issues ...

    September 20, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Anthony

    "President Barack Obama's signature carries a lot of weight. It authorizes military action, compels leaders and can spend billions of dollars with a brush stroke...."

    The president can't spend money Congress has not approved. It is true the president signs the spending bills, but you are creating the impression that the president can spend any money he wants, which is not true. The president can't spend one cent that Congress has not authorized. Republicans can threaten government shutdowns because the government cannot spend without Congress passing a spending bill first. Congress has the power of the purse. This means that when the Republican Congress asks Obama to cut spending, it is asking Obama to do Congress's job. Only Congress can cut spending.

    September 20, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. kirk

    Disgusting, that's the gop way never miss an opportunity to spew hate

    September 20, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Catmandew

    Nice to see something other than typical BS. I know the little girl and her family will remember it. It's good to do things for our military families. I don't always agree with this president but this is a good thing!

    September 20, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you CNN for putting a smile on my face.
    Anybody else remember that picture of the President letting the little Black boy touch his hair to assure him that it felt the same as his own?
    That one brought a tear to my eye I don't mind admitting.
    Many wonderful, beautiful pictures of our President with children of all ages and colors.
    Love my President.

    September 20, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. jinx9to88

    Come on CNN you can do better than this, what a joke!! What about the ex GOPer speaker of the house that got off in Texas for money laundering?

    September 20, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. O'drama ya Mama

    just saying

    if anybody knows how to make excuses, it is obama! every day for 5 years with 3 more years worth of excuses on the way.
    September 20, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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    Hey "Sniffit" & "Wake Up People" look i found one ^^^.

    Congratulations! You've one today's 1st troll of the day prize!

    September 20, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    just saying

    if anybody knows how to make excuses, it is obama! every day for 5 years with 3 more years worth of excuses on the way.
    -------------------------------------------------
    That didn't take long Wake up did it?
    @ would you look at that:
    Hope you're looking.

    September 20, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Wake up People!

    I wonder if one of those notes will work on in-laws..... Just wondering.....

    September 20, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Jennie

    Ahhhh how cute! Our Excuse-Maker-in-Chief doing what he does best! While your writing excuse notes Mr. Excuse-Maker-in-Chief can you write one for all of the American people to be excused from your train wreck Obamacare? Thanks!

    September 20, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. just asking

    so this little girl and wounded vets were at the whitehouse for what reason? judging from the set up in the background, it was to be used as human props for another obama bs pr photo op. so did the note say please excuse this little girl from school today as i needed a little femaile prop for one of my events?

    September 20, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Hey, little girl. That note will be worth a lot of money some day. Give the note to your mother so that she can save it safely for you, and have her write a new one of her own that says the same thing.

    September 20, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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