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 Thursday when 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 and then 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 who did not want to be identified.

Charlotte's father, Ben Bell, has been looking for a policy job for more than two years and 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 (27)
  • jesseh-Koc
    4/28/2014 - 10:58 a.m.

    I think that it's sweet that his girl did that. She was thinking of her dad and wanted to help. We need more people like this in the earth. Good citizens is what we need

  • colleenl-Ste
    4/28/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    I think that this young girl had a lot of guts. Think of the courage needed to ask the First Lady for a job for her father. This took a lot of courage and because it came from a 10 year old girl is astonishing.

  • ashlynh-Orv
    4/28/2014 - 02:31 p.m.

    Its sad that she had asked the question that she did. But i think it was very sweet and courages how she did ask. I don't have that kind of courage.

  • Alexbice7
    4/28/2014 - 02:35 p.m.

    I think this is really nice that a little girl would so something like this. It proves that many kids are pure at heart and want to help their families in anyway possible.

  • WarrenB-4
    4/28/2014 - 06:54 p.m.

    Summary:
    This article is about a girl really wanting her father to have a job. One night, they joked around if they should go asked first lady for a job. Her family didn't know that she would be taken literally. The girls name was Charlotte Bell. Her father had been trying to get a job for two years.

    Opinion:
    I knew that the first ladies job was to help children, but not in this kind of way. I am very surprised that the first lady acted in this way.

  • brentho66
    4/28/2014 - 07:27 p.m.

    Obama's Wife has an annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. She Mrs. Obama if she can give her dad a job. This is a very heart warming story and I think this is very good for the daughter and their family since a lot of people get laid off and it sucks.

  • NicoK-5
    4/28/2014 - 10:23 p.m.

    The First Lady promised a job for a girl's father. Her father, Ben Bell had been out of work for three years. The First Lady said she would try to help Bell. When the young lady told the First Lady about her father's situation, she was taken aback. Bell had worked on the 2012 campaign.
    I think it's cool that Obama is helping the girl's father find a job. It's nice of her.

  • Q-Satow.1
    4/28/2014 - 10:59 p.m.

    At Michelle Obama's annual question and answer with children of executive office employees. When Charlotte Bell 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.
    I think that what Charlotte did can be considered a good thing, but it could also be taken as an act of desperation by the parents to get someone a job. Hopefully Michelle took it the first way.

  • RachelBi
    4/29/2014 - 05:39 p.m.

    I think the children benefit from take your child to work day. I believe this because, it will be the children learning how the work places works and how to act at a job.

  • EmilyKne
    4/30/2014 - 01:29 p.m.

    I think it is crazy how a father can look for work for three years but as soon as a ten year old asks, he get a job. As long as he has a job, that is whats important.

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