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Obama writes girl a note for missing school

GREEN BAY - Ten-year-old Kennedy Corpus has a rock-solid excuse for missing the last day of school: a personalnote to her teacher from President Barack Obama.

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Her father, John Corpus of Green Bay, stood to ask Obama abouthealth care during the president's town hall-style meeting atSouthwest High School on Thursday. He told Obama that his daughterwas missing school to attend the event and that he hoped she didn'tget in trouble.

"Do you need me to write a note?" Obama asked. The crowdlaughed, but the president was serious.

On a piece of paper, he wrote: "To Kennedy's teacher: Pleaseexcuse Kennedy's absence. She's with me. Barack Obama." He steppedoff the stage to hand-deliver the note -- to Kennedy's surprise.

"I thought he was joking until he started walking down,"Kennedy said after the event, showing off the note in front of abank of television cameras. "It was like the best thing ever."

The fourth-grader at Aldo Leopold elementary in Green Bayalready knew what she was going to do with the note: frame it alongwith her ticket to the event. She said she'd make a copy for herteacher.

Kennedy said she had never seen Obama before. "He's reallynice," she said.

Photos: Barack Obama

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