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Alice Walker Writes to Obama

by Rachel Levitt


Tags: essay writing, Election 2008, Barack Obama, Alice Walker, open letter, President-Elect, The Root.com,

Pulitzer-winning author Alice Walker has written a brief but beautiful open letter to Barack Obama.

Unlike many letters addressing the President-elect, hers does not caution him to forward an agenda or else. Instead, she begins by absolving Obama of the impossibly high expectations placed on him by some voters. “I would advise you to remember that you did not create the disaster that the world is experiencing, and you alone are not responsible for bringing the world back to balance.”

What he must take responsibility for, she insists, is his own happiness and that of his family. He cannot succeed without remaining a good husband and father, for “it is the soul that must be preserved, if one is to remain a credible leader.”

(Thanks, NewPages.)