Obama responds to 10-year-old girl’s letter about her two dads

Nadine Bells
Good NewsNovember 6, 2012

Ten-year-old Sophia Bailey wrote U.S. President Barack Obama an unprompted letter, thanking him for his support of her two dads and asking him what he would do if he were teased, as she often is, for having two fathers.

Obama wrote back.

See Sophia's letter here, posted on Facebook by her father, Jonathan Bailey.

"Totally umprompted, our amazing 10 year-old decided to write this letter to Barack Obama, and it made Triton Klugh and I so unbelievably proud. And maybe we teared up a little," Bailey wrote.

An excerpt from Sophia's letter:

"I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other. But at school, kids think that it's gross and weird but it really hurts my heart and feelings so I came to you because you are my hero. If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?" she wrote, adding that she hopes he wins today's election.

The president took the time to respond to the little girl's sincere letter.

See Obama's letter here.

"Reading it made me proud to be your president and ever more hopeful about the future of our nation," he wrote. "In America, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity. And we recognize that whether you have two dads or one mom what matters above all is the love we show one another. You are very fortunate to have two parents who care deeply for you. They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you."

"Our differenced unite us. You and I are blessed to live in a country where we are born equal no matter what we look like on the outside, where we grow up, or who our parents are," Obama continued. "A good rule is to treat others the way you hope they will treat you. Remind your friends at school about this rule if they say something that hurts your feelings."

Sophia's too young to head to the polls today. But she will be heading to school knowing that, while the kids may tease her about her family, Obama's in her corner.