Girl asks Mrs. Obama to help her dad find a job First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after she handed Mrs. Obama her dad's resume during the White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day"
Girl asks Mrs. Obama to help her dad find a job
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Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn last week. A 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the first lady his resume.

The first lady seemed a little taken aback. But then explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl's comment, that the matter was "a little private, but she's doing something for her dad." Mrs. Obama promised to deal with the matter later.

When the event ended, Mrs. Obama gave the girl, Charlotte Bell, a hug. Then she reached back to grab the resume off a table as she left the East Room. The first lady played host to the children at the White House on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Charlotte's family had joked over the weekend about making a job pitch to the first lady. But her parents didn't know she would give it a try, according to her mother, an executive branch employee.

Charlotte's father, Ben Bell, has been looking for a policy job for more than two years. He recently has been trying to get a job with the Obama administration. He worked on the Obama campaign in 2012.

Critical thinking challenge: Who benefits from "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" and how do they benefit?

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COMMENTS (120)
  • Haley34333
    4/28/2014 - 08:45 a.m.

    That is so sweet that she would try to help get her dad a job . I think take your daughter and son to work day benefit because it shows how hard your parents work on being sucefully you .

  • breiannel
    4/28/2014 - 09:45 a.m.

    charlotte bell is a good woman she has a lovely daughter her father is willing to finding her mother a job for once i can't believe her mother is finally going to be working that's good to hear,...... i would to help her mother find a job

  • Dynasty22
    4/28/2014 - 09:56 a.m.

    That was really brave of Charlotte because I probably wouldn't have done what she did. Also that was really sweet of her to ask,she seems sweet and kind. She also seems very outgoing and very,very brave.

  • jeff a
    4/28/2014 - 09:59 a.m.

    Charlotte is a good woman and his father is a good man i hope his father get a good Job to provide for his lovely daughter , wise you happily family.

  • Cadence13
    4/28/2014 - 10:08 a.m.

    This is a very brave little girl and I think that it is very nice of Mrs. Obama t take in consideration of helping her family. I hope that that Mrs. Obama is able to find little girls father a job because she was very courageous.

  • senea0627
    4/28/2014 - 11:31 a.m.

    I would do that for my mom and dad. That is so sweet for her to do that for her dad. Would you ever do that for one o your close family members.

  • yesenias12
    4/28/2014 - 11:37 a.m.

    i would like to get a hug for the presidents wife it would be cool because if my dad was looking for a job and he worked in the obama campaign in 2012 that would be cooler

  • kaiyaw
    4/28/2014 - 12:28 p.m.

    i think thats a nice thing for the first lady to do like she really doesnt have to do it but she is and thats why people like her

  • chaseh-Orv
    4/28/2014 - 01:42 p.m.

    Well that's nice. I hope her Dad gets the job and everyone is happy. And there isn't much else to say about this story. Good luck to that family! Its also nice that Mrs. Obama would do something like that. :)

  • nathanchasenah
    4/28/2014 - 02:14 p.m.

    That was really nice of her to help that little girl with her problem. Now her dad will have that job and make the girl happy.

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