Obama Pens Excuse Note for 4th Grader Playing Hooky, “She’s with me”

By Caitlin Taylor

Jun 11, 2009 3:53pm

ABC News’ Rachel Martin, Jon Garcia, and Sunlen Miller report:


For ten-year-old Kennedy Corpus playing hooky from school to see the President’s speech paid off. You can’t get in trouble for skipping school when your excuse note is written by the President, can you?


When Kennedy’s father was called on to ask a question of the President’s town hall in Green Bay, Wisconsin this afternoon he mentioned that his daughter was missing her last day of fourth grade to see the speech today.


“I hope she doesn’t get in trouble,” Mr. Corpus told the president.


“Do you need me to write a note?” the President asked and then proceeded to ask the girls name, take out a pen from his pocket, rip the corner of a sheet of paper at the podium, and then begin writing.


As the father began to ask his question about the timeline for health care reform, the President walked off the stage and delivered the note to Kennedy who was sitting a few rows back in the audience.

The audience applauded and Mr. Obama went on to answer the father’s question.


Later, the proud fourth grader showed off her valuable excuse note, which read, “To Kennedy’s teacher – Please excuse Kennedy’s absence. She’s with me. (signed)  Barack Obama.”


“It was really cool and really nice,” Kennedy told reporters after, but expressed some regret that she still had to be missing her last day of 4th grade, “I wish school was done tomorrow because the last day is really fun.”


Kennedy said that she is going to frame her note, and give a copy, not the original, to her teacher.


Regardless, Kennedy said, she’s pretty sure her teacher will be happy with that.


“I don’t think I’ll be in trouble,” Kennedy said smiling, surrounded by a media scrum.


–Rachel Martin, Jon Garcia, and Sunlen Miller

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