A letter to his daughters by President-Elect Barack Obama, on the eve of his inauguration, in Parade Magazine:
"Dear Malia and Sasha:
I know that you've had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food that your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I know it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time that we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these last two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey."
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