Barack Obama and his wife say they wanted to show their young daughters the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday, especially at a time when so many are struggling.But, wait, there's more. Showing his humility, he wanted everyone to just call him "Barack" (and not "Supreme Leader", of course). And, he said that he wanted his daughters to "learn the importance of how fortunate they are, and to make sure they're giving back."
They took 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha to a food bank today, where the girls joined their parents in shaking hands and giving holiday wishes to hundreds of people who'd been lined up for hours.
The family handed out wrapped chickens to the people waiting in the chilly outdoor courtyard on Chicago's south side.
The activities quickly drew the attention of schoolchildren overlooking the courtyard. When Obama suggested to his wife that they go inside to visit them, the Secret Service arranged it. Hundreds of children were brought down to the auditorium, and they screamed and cheered as Obama came onstage. He chatted with them about their own Thanksgiving menus, and took some questions about what it's like to be president-elect.
Politics · Wed, 11/26/2008 - 17:52 · Importance: 4