June 11th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
14 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. melissa

    Ah, that's cute. Obama is great with kids.

    June 11, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Uh Oh

    Watch the pundits from Upper Rightwingnuttia turn this into something negative.

    June 11, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Chris D.

    You really have to appreciate this guys sincerity, and the genuine love for people that this President exudes.
    I'm sure Kennedy, as well as the teacher will frame those.....Well someone will have a copy of course.

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

    I voted for this man, but now he is flip-flopping on education and that is where I draw the line. It's time for America to stand up to this nonsense!

    June 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. James

    This is news!?

    I am so sick of the Obama adulation from the media.

    June 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Way cooool! Chalk that up to a Civics class lesson (do they still have those?!)!

    June 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Moe

    Obama cool, very cool. The epitome of cool.

    June 11, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. JeremyK

    I'm not a fan of Obama by any means, but this is pretty cool.

    June 11, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. gerry

    I bet Kennedy remembers that experience all her life. Well done Mr. President.

    June 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. BobbyB

    What a man! When have we ever had such a compassionate, honest, trustworthy, patriotic man in the White House? Good thing there's always a camera around.. I think I'm in love! There's a tingle up my leg as we speak! Oops, sorry it's just a tick!!

    June 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. W

    How nice. It's so nice that he can be so 'into' the regular life of people; that is truly a grand president. We truly need more people here in this world like him.

    June 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Anonymous


    So much for the bashing from either side. I see this kind of "oh here comes the bashing from leftie loonies/rightie wingnuts..." How about we let people express themselves rather than assume something negative right off the bat?

    It was a photo op; the President is a politician who knows how to work the base. Nothing to it; it's a fluff, feel-good article.

    June 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Kitti

    We'll never be able to say that he was confined to a box....and the girl got a pricelss momento.

    June 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. dru

    I am an Obama fan. But this is not newsworthy.

    June 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Doug

    He's issued passes to thousands of homeowners excusing them from paying their mortgages! This one should have been easy!!!

    June 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Tim, Seattle

    I cant belive all the haters making this a negative thing....
    You GOP dead-enders need to get a life.

    Stop your right wing hate. It kills.

    June 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. John G

    It's cute but I'm a little tired of the cutesy stories about this President. I kind of wish he would stop with the photo ops and actually govern

    June 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. THDallas

    I love it!

    June 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Jeff

    @ Harley – No God is worshipped every day 24/7 if you are a true believer not just on Sunday's.

    Get a life....... I'm catholic and I must say the Prez is one heck of a Guy. He is setting some high standards for all Presidents to Follow and BTW it’s sure in the heck is not dizzy Sarah Palin.

    June 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Amy

    Super cool! Now when she goes back to school next year she can tell the other kids about her experience. Besides, the town hall meeting with Obama is more educational than most activities on the last day of school!

    June 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. suzy

    @ Shirley in California – jeeezzz – you need to lighten up!

    June 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. dee-dee, NY

    You say she should stay in school and is to young to understand any of this or the impact?

    But you will be the first to try her as an adult if she harn anyone.

    She can and do understand what is happening and her father is the one whom bought her there, are you saying her father do not know what is best for her?

    June 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Darnell

    You have to apprieciate a President that can think on his feet than the last President we had!

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

    thats a nice gesture on the part of the president...its the last day of school anyways and we all know most students don't show

    June 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Kelby In Houston, TX

    @ 26 Comments, "The Most Appaling Naysayer Comment Award" goes to:
    Harley June 11th, 2009 2:58 pm ET

    The only difference between obama and God is obama likes to be worshiped not only on Sunday but everyday.
    This comment wins"Tthe Most Appalling Naysayer Comment Award" because identifies Obama as some sort of deity. As a Christian and servant of The One True Living God, your comment , Harley, qualifies as blasphemy. And that is why @ 26 comments into this article you win "The Most Appalling Naysayer Comment Award"

    Tune in to the next Obama related article to see who wins the next "The Most Appalling Naysayer Comment Award"


    June 11, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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