A blog in the Christian Science Monitor, by Mary Wiltenburg, has a story, and video, of advice to President Obama from the children of Georgia’s International Community School.

These kids have some pretty adult advice

http://features.csmonitor.com/littlebillclinton/2009/02/18/dear-barack-refugee-kids-advice-to-the-president/

“Second graders want him at their birthday parties. Sixth graders want to end homelessness. Third graders worry about job loss. Kindergartners are eager to come to his house and play. For the past month, students at Georgia’s International Community School have been sharing advice and messages for President Barack Obama, collected in our latest slideshow.

Much of it comes from personal experience with issues of global importance.

“My uncles go to Iraq and have war. One of my uncles died before,” a fourth-grader explained, “and I really want you to stop that, because I’m from Iraq, north Iraq.”

Kids related their families’ struggles with unemployment, housing, and utility bills. Students born in Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and the US begged Obama to end fighting in different corners of the world.

In addition to serious worries, kids were entranced by the first family. They complimented Michelle Obama’s dresses, shared messages for Malia and Sasha, and empathized with the challenge of choosing a First Dog. One second grader with an impending birthday had thought through the logistics of inviting the president.

“You can bring your guards,” she assured him, “and you can sleep over.”

What advice would you give President Obama?

Mine has nothing to do with policies.  It’s a problem I have seen with every President, losing touch with the people.   It is all to easy for Presidents to surround to themselves with people who think like they do, tell them what they want to hear, and not what they may need to know.

The White House, and Capital Hill, can be a very insular places.  It is far to easy to become seperated from the reality that every day Americans live in.  How much it actually cost to buy food and clothing. 

My simple advice is don’t lose touch with the people in the street who voted you into office.   They are the real America, not the politicians in Washington.

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