Letters To Obama

Your hopes and dreams for the 44th President


During the month of December, Capital Public Radio and the Sacramento News & Review embarked on a joint project offering our listeners and readers a rare opportunity.  We invited you to write a letter to Barack Obama.  Our goal was to solicit thoughtful, personal letters expressing hopes and dreams, not political punditry. In return for your submissions, we promised to forward them directly to the White House.  The SN&R would publish some of them in a special January 15th issue, and all of the letters would be posted online at newsreview.com.  Plus, Capital Public Radio would select five to feature during Morning Edition in the days leading up to the Inauguration.

Thanks to all who participated in the project!  You can hear the letters read by their authors by clicking on the links below.  And be sure to visit the SN&R's special web site devoted to the project.

    Part of Series

  • Letter To Obama from Elena Frink
    As we begin our 5-part series leading up to the inauguration, what better place to start than with someone who was much talked about during the campaign... a young person!
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009
  • Letter To Obama from Aaron J. Sikes
    Mr. Sikes talks of affluence, technology and the need to rethink our education system.
    Wednesday, January 14, 2009
  • Letter To Obama From Sheila Riley
    Substitute teacher Sheila Riley expresses the need for "more financial resources at the burning bottom of the melting pot."
    Thursday, January 15, 2009
  • Letter to Obama from Scott R. Hadley
    Mr. Hadley raises concerns about military experience. But he says his greatest hope for Barack Obama is to "govern fairly, resolve problems enthusiastically and remain safe."
    Friday, January 16, 2009
  • Letter to Obama from Alma Johnson
    Eighty-six year old Alma Johnson describes watching the televised results of November's historic election. It made her reflect on the sixties and her own involvement in the struggle for civil rights.
    Monday, January 19, 2009