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First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad has been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the first lady his resume.

Mrs. Obama seemed a little taken aback but then explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl's comment, that the matter was "a little private, but she's doing something for her dad." Mrs. Obama promised to deal with the matter later.

When the event ended, Mrs. Obama gave the girl, Charlotte Bell, a hug and then reached back to grab the resume off a table as she left the East Room. The first lady played host to the children at the White House on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Charlotte's family had joked over the weekend about making a job pitch to the first lady, but her parents didn't know she would give it a try, according to her mother, an executive branch employee who did not want to be identified. Charlotte's father, Ben Bell, has been looking for a policy job for more than two years and recently has been trying to get a job with the Obama administration. He worked on the Obama campaign in 2012.

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after she handed Mrs. Obama her dad’s resume during a White House event Thursday.

Associated Press

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after she handed Mrs. Obama her dad’s resume during a White House event Thursday.

First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad 04/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:25pm]
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