"You've got a friend in me."
It's a Randy Newman song, yes
, but it's also the sentiment being expressed by President Obama in a letter he wrote to a little girl with same-sex parents. CNN reports
that the POTUS has a "pen pal" in 10-year-old Sophia Bailey-Klugh of San Diego, who initially wrote the President to invite him to dinner at her house. When he failed to respond, she wrote him again:
Dear Barack Obama. It's Sophia Bailey Klugh your friend who invited you to dinner. You don't remember okay that's fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other.
The President then responded - about a week before the election, incidentally - with these appreciative words:
Thank you for writing me such a thoughtful letter about your family. Reading it made me proud to be your president and even more hopeful about the future of our nation. In America, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity.
To Sophia's story of schoolmates that referred to her dads' marriage as "gross and weird," Obama advised her to remind them of the golden rule: "Treat others the way you hope they will treat you."
"Thanks again for taking the time to write me," he concluded. "I'm sorry I couldn't make it to dinner, but I'll be sure to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello."