torsdag 15 januari 2009

Obamas brev till sina döttrar

Obama har skrivit ett öppet brev till sina två döttrar Malia och Sasha, där han förklarar hur mycket de betyder för honom och att de är orsaken till att han kampanjade för att bli president. Det är ett varmt brev som ger en inblick i personen Obama bakom kampanjretoriken, och bakom den presidenttitel han snart besitter. Här är ett utdrag från brevet citerat från Huffington Post:

Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me--about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

Lite senare i brevet går han vidare och berättar vad hans mor, och hans döttrars farmor Ann Dunham betytt för honom:

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better--and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It's a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

Brevet avslutas med ord liknande de från hans segertal den 4 november:

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

Love, Dad

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