Weddings are a big deal, and who you invite can make or break the most important day of your life.
With that kind of pressure, it makes sense that you’d reach out to the best and the brightest to attend — that’s where the Obamas step in.
Liz Whitlow is the mom of bride-to-be Brook Allen, and she decided her daughter’s wedding was worthy of some high flyers.
She sent an invite to Barack and Michelle Obama in March, and just received a reply in the mail.
MY MOM DEADASS SENT THE OBAMAS A WEDDING INVITATION BACK IN MARCH AND JUST RECEIVED THIS IN THE MAIL. IM HOLLERING😂 pic.twitter.com/cUiRRAfrvD— brooke. (@96_brooke) July 31, 2017
"Congratulations on your wedding," the letter says.
"We hope that your marriage is blessed with love, laughter, and happiness and that your bond grows stronger with each passing year.
“This occasion marks the beginning of a lifelong partnership, and as you embark on this journey, know you have our very best for the many joys and adventures that lie ahead."
But it may be Liz’s text messages about the card that really tops off the whole delightful story.
Upon posting the letter, others jumped in on sharing their responses from the former POTUS and FLOTUS.
Some received letters written to their newborn babies, while others received accolades for graduating school.
I sent them one of my high school graduation announcements and I got this back a month later 😭😭 I love the Obama family 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/oN9w7iQAYS— Aubs (@strawbreeee) August 2, 2017
Letters were an important part of Obama’s presidency. In his first term, he said he wanted to read 10 letters a day.
Interns would power through thousands of letters each day to choose which was worthy of Obama’s 10LADs as they came to be known.
They often needed counseling after reading some of the letters about victims of domestic violence, economic hardship and every other struggle you could imagine.
“Everybody has that one letter,” intern Yena Bae told The New York Times.
“You get attached,” another intern Jamira Chick told them.
For her, it was the letter from a woman who’d lost a family to gun violence.
“She had enclosed photos. Just blood all over in a car,” she said before trailing off.
Obama was the first president to come up with a deliberate and explicit practice of how he read his letters and it's obvious to see that any response, no matter how generic, left people with the warm and fuzzies.
This post was written by Kate Wagner. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.
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