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5th Grader “Shocked” by Obama

Ah, nothing like the banality of the campaign trail, in the midst of a domestic economic crisis, a collapsing Euro zone, looming security threats in the middle east, etc.

For example, I caught this gem today the Politico:

Tyler Sullivan, the fifth grader who was excused from class last week with a handwritten note from President Barack Obama himself, says he was simply “shocked” when the president began scrawling on a piece of paper.

“I felt really shocked and I just had a huge grin on my face,” Sullivan said on CNN Monday morning. “I was like, ‘Really? He’s writing me an excuse note? That’s really crazy.’”

Sullivan skipped school on Friday to catch the president’s speech at a Honeywell plant in Golden Valley, Minn., where his father, Ryan, gave introductory remarks. The impromptu note from the president, written on official White House stationery with the presidential seal, reads: “Mr. Ackerman — Please excuse Tyler … he was with me! Barack Obama.”

Asked what he thought of Obama’s speech last week, Sullivan gave the president high marks.

I suppose you could say that Obama is on a roll with the 10-year-old voting block–the one group too young to remember all his failed promises of four years ago. Unfortunately, for Obama, we grown ups are unwilling to write him an “excuse note” for his performance in the White House. That’s not only true of those on the political right–increasingly, it’s the case with those on the president’s side of the aisle. (See MoDo’s mournful column for example.)

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