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 (121)
  • nickclark
    4/28/2014 - 02:14 p.m.

    I think it was a nice thing to help a family in need.
    Im suprised they helped her. Hope he gets a good job
    though.
    Im prety sure he got one.

  • Ethanc10
    4/28/2014 - 02:14 p.m.

    that is so sweet like if i dident have a job and i need won i whod of bee really happy if my kids went to go tell ms.obama

  • oshanellea
    4/28/2014 - 02:15 p.m.

    That was nice of her to help her dad out like that and i hope she helps her dad find a job and i hope her dad appreciate her

  • alexiselam
    4/28/2014 - 02:22 p.m.

    This is very kind of Mrs.Obama. The girl's dad probly has a really good job and makes good money. I'm glad this girl is happy and her falther too.

  • Nyah0228
    4/28/2014 - 02:25 p.m.

    The Obama's benefit from the event, they benefit because they're helping the people and asking questions for them to get more press. Also more people will like them more and probabaly change to a democrat.

  • Jamaiya
    4/28/2014 - 02:56 p.m.

    I believe that the First Lady did a really good deed for Charlotte. If I was the First Lady I would also do the same thing by helping someone in need. That's shows how special someone can really be and they things that can happen to them.

  • loganherring
    4/28/2014 - 02:56 p.m.

    It's cute how she helped her father out like that. Also it's cute how she asked Mrs. Obama to help her dad out. It's cool how Mrs. Obama helped her out how cool is that.

  • destinycation
    4/28/2014 - 03:00 p.m.

    That was so nice of that little girl to help her dad out.She was brave for saying that to Mrs.Obama and all those people.If I had to do it I would.I mean she is trying to help her dad and her family out by getting there selves together.

  • michaelmcdaniel
    4/28/2014 - 03:11 p.m.

    It was very sweet of Mrs.Obama to help the child's father on his job situation. I hope he is able to find work soon.

  • JordynT-2
    4/28/2014 - 07:38 p.m.

    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. I think it is cute thats a girl would ask the president for help. It is also an honor that he would notice her.

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