Little Girl Hands Michelle Obama Her Unemployed Dad's Resume, Melts Our Hearts
On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama attended the White House's annual event for "Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day," where Michelle was given a résumé by a young girl on behalf of the girl's father. After the event, Michelle held a Q&A session in the East Room, where much of the audience were children of Executive Office employees. At one point, Michelle called on 10-year-old Charlotte Bell to come up and ask the question.
But Charlotte didn't have any questions to ask Mobama — she only had a résumé. Charlotte handed Obama the résumé, boldly telling her: "My dad's been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his résumé." Clearly surprised, Michelle said, "Oh my goodness," and ushered Charlotte into a long hug.
“Well, it’s a little private, but she’s doing something for her dad, right?” Michelle said. She held up the résumé and said "Got it." At the end of the event, Obama and Charlotte had another quick hug, and Mobama went off with résumé in hand.
Here's the video of the encounter. At around 0:08, Charlotte hands Michelle the résumé. At 0:12, the First Lady and the little girl hug. walking up to Michelle and handing her the résumé, after which Michelle went up and hugged her. Yeah, our hearts are kind of melting, too.
According to the AP, Charlotte's father, Ben Bell, had helped with President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, and has been unsuccessfully searching for a policy job. Interestingly enough, Charlotte's mother is also an executive branch employee, which is why Charlotte was in the exclusive audience in the first place.
Charlotte's mother, who didn't want to be identified, told AP that the "job pitch" had been a family joke but she hadn't expected Charlotte to actually give it a try.
Not everyone has seen the incident in a positive light, especially given that unemployment rates under President Obama's terms haven't been even close to stellar. Two months ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that while the U.S. economy had added 175,000 jobs, the unemployment rates had rise 0.1 percent to a total of 6.7 percent.