My Name is Sarah

MY NAME IS SARAH. I am a quilt designer and the sewcial director of Sarah's Sewcial Lounge. I also have a business called Down Right Charming. I sell my quilts mostly on etsy and I make pillowcases to donate to patients in the hospital in memory of my friend Kristen Kirton. I am a young adult living with Down syndrome. I hope you enjoy reading about my journey.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Late Breaking News ~ A Letter to the President

Dear President Obama,
My name is Sarah. I am an excellent bowler. I understand you need some help with your bowling. A few years ago, I took my little brother with me to Freeway Lanes to teach him. Here are a few pictures from that day. As you can see, I have great form and frequently roll strikes. On the frame in the photos, I had a split. Do you know what that is? It is very difficult to hit both pins, so I aimed for the one on the right. Guess what? I knocked it down. That is why I am pretty pumped up.

I love bowling. You know what else? I am quite fond of the Special Olympics. I think you owe them an apology Mr. President. You owe me an apology. You see, I bowl with an extra chromosome. That's right, Down syndrome. My friends and I don't think your remark was too funny. As a matter-of-fact, it was rude and insulting.
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But I am going to forgive you this one time. I think your job is pretty tough right now. I have an idea. You know all that money that those greedy AIG executives were going to get as a bonus? Let's give it to the Special Olympics instead. That way more young adults like me could travel to other cities to participate in Special Olympic events. It would really help the economy too. We would buy more gas to travel, our families stay in hotels, and we eat in restaurants. But most important, we show the WORLD that we are able and worthy and not meant to be the butt of late night jokes.

P. S. I am on spring break the week of April 13-17 and I would be happy to come to the White House to give you a few bowling lessons.

89 comments:

Stephanie said...

You're the bomb Sarah!

Molly C said...

high five Sarah!

as someone who supported Obama during the elections i am SO disappointed in his remark. He'd be lucky to get a bowling lesson from the fabulous Miss Sarah! If you are ever in NYC we'll go bowling, cuz I could use some pointers.

-Molly

Cathy said...

Well said Sarah!!! I hope you get that invitation!

Mauzy said...

You go girl!

christina said...

you rock sarah!!!

Laurie said...

Sarah!!! You are so AWESOME!! I hope that there is some way that he is able to see this blog post!

christina said...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Michelle said...

atta girl Sarah!!!!

Jeanette said...

GREAT response! I just love it!

Anonymous said...

Go Sarah!!!

I will LOVE to see you in the White House. Sarah, you definitely have MANY things to TEACH our society starting with Obama.

A pal :)

Jen said...

Sarah, you are a rockstar! You have GOT to send this to him.

I love Barack Obama. But I did not find his joke remotely funny, and I'm really disappointed in the whole scenario.

You wrote an awesome letter.

Wendy P said...

I love it, Sarah!!! I sincerely hope he takes you up on your offer.

Best thing I've read today!

rylie's mom said...

Way to go Sarah! Great response!

Tausha said...

You go girl!!!!!!!! You are my inspiration!!!!!!!! I will send him the link to our site as well!!!!

Lisa said...

WOOT!! You rock, Sarah!! Awesome letter - I hope you really sent it! I sent my own letter to the Prez this morning.

Karen said...

You are my new hero. :)

Laurie said...

Well said!!

Beverly said...

Great job Sarah!

The VW's said...

This is AWESOME!!! Great job Sarah! The world needs more people like you!

Oh, I would love to go bowling with you some time! I really need some lessons!

Keep on showing the world how wonderful you are!

Steve said...

Thank you, Sarah, for your letter. My daughter, also a Sarah, is multiply handicapped, and lacks the ability to even pick up a bowling ball. That does not, however, keep her from going with her class and "bowling" every chance she gets. I wish you could come bowl with her class one day. Actually, I wish you'd give ME lessons. I stink at bowling.

Emily said...

Fantastic Sarah! I'm sure my husband would love a few bowling tips as well!

Monica said...

Sarah, Love it!!!

Karly said...

Awesome response, Sarah! I bet you could teach the President about quite a few things. Did you see that he did apologize to the Special Olympics and they offered him some tutoring as well. ;)

It sounds like Mr. Shriver from the Special Olympics had some good words for the President as well.

Tara Marie said...

Sarah....I love you!!!

traceylynndel said...

Way to go Sarah!

Jennifer said...

Rock on Sarah!! Very well said!!

Amy said...

You rock, Sarah!

Ellen said...

Awesome letter, Sarah!

SunflowerMom said...

Wonderful letter, Sarah! I am going to link to it on my blog!

RK said...

Amen, Sarah! Great letter. I hope you get to give him some pointers and many things, including bowling! :)

Carol N. said...

Sarah, I liked your letter, very much - it was really well written.

I have a question though - what did President Obama say? I missed that.

Thanks, Sarah, and keep up the great work advocating for Special Olympics!

Jessica said...

Sarah you are more of an inspiration than the President. Well done!

Amy and Aaron said...

Sarah,

You are so awesome. I couldn't imagine a better response to the President.

Kiki said...

way to go Sarah!! You are amazing!!

stampin abi said...

well said!! i hope you get a reply!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

AWESOME letter Sarah!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Chris said...

Go Sarah!!!

I'm sure you could teach President Obama about more than just bowling!

Four Wonders Mommy said...

Wow, sarah! You are one awesome woman! Very well said! You go girl!
P.S. Have you sent it out yet?

Karyn said...

What a great post!!! I hope you do get to show him a thing or two about bowling.

Michelle said...

Wonderful, wonderful letter Sarah! You really should send it to the White House! http://www.whitehouse.gov and click on "contact" to submit a comment.

Chrystal said...

Great job, Sarah. I would LOVE to see photos of you at the White House.

Lacey said...

You go girl. I hope you really sent that letter to the President. Print it and put it in an envelope and send it to him. I don't think he meant to be rude. But he needs a reminder to watch what he says under us.

mum2brady said...

Whooo hoooo - YOU GO Sarah!!!!

Anonymous said...

I hope you get to bowl at the White House sometime. JY

Tracey said...

You GO Sarah! Well put! I bet you could teach him a thing or two!

Melissa @ Banana Migraine said...

You are awesome Sarah!!

JRS said...

Sarah,
I am so very proud of you. Your letter was wonderful. You have been such an inspiration for our family. Thank you for sharing this with us. I sent my letter in this morning, but I sure hope he reads yours. If you go to the WH, I'd volunteer to carry your luggage ;-}
---Jen

Hector and Jennifer Varanini Sanchez said...

Sarah- you are my HERO!!!!

Kari said...

Well said Sarah. Great letter your awesome!!

Lovin Mama said...

Go Sarah! My first thought when I heard what he said was "I bet there are a lot of special olympians that could kick his butt at bowling!"

Scarehaircare said...

Perfect response, Sarah. I believe that no one can say it better than you. Much love and hugs!

Mary said...

Awesome letter, Sarah! You are a much better bowler than I am - want to come to Massachusetts and help me out? The best I've ever bowled is an 80, so I could really use you help!

I was so disappointed that Obama made that comment...I mean, he's the president and people look up to him. He should know better. I hope he reads your letter and that you can teach him more about both bowling and Down Syndrome. You go girl!

Kleidy said...

Perfectly said Sarah, LOVE your letter.!!!. You are absolutely AMAZING. :)

Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to the world!!!

Many Blessings to you ~

Amy said...

You are awesome. My son Joe has just begun special olympics and we think it is a terrific program. I was so disappointed by Obama's remark.

I hope you get an invitation to the White House. If you do, tell him Joe says "hi" and one day he will be a voter too.

wife, mother and so much more! said...

BRAVO!!!

Kristen said...

Thank you so much, Sarah!!!

Lily said...

Way to go Sarah!!!!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Yeah, Sarah!!! :-D

Ellen said...

YEAH, SARAH!!!!!! I AM POSTING A LINK TO THIS ON MY BLOG!

You are my American Idol.

:)

McClaren said...

Thoughtful letter, Sarah. You have the kind of skills President Obama is looking for in his staff when you can see both sides of an issue. Maybe you and he can bowl a few on the White House lanes.

Mary said...

You go girl!

Kim said...

Great idea Sarah! That would be a much better way to spend the money!

Charissa said...

What a girl!

Cheri said...

Sarah...what an awesome response to a very rude, and thoughtless remark by our President! You are awesome!!!

Dianne said...

PERFECT!!!!!

I hope you get that call Sarah!

Definitely sounds like you could teach Obama a thing or two.

I am going to post a link to your EXCELLENT response on my blog ;-), but I really think your response deserves a much wider audience and should have a central place in the New York Times!

Heike said...

Excellent letter Sarah. I live in Australia, and i heard about your brilliant letter. Off you go and teach those folk at the while house how to play. You'll bowl them over girl, you will!

Beth said...

Way to go Sarah!

Felicia said...

I just love you, Sarah! You go, girl!

datri said...

You are awesome Sarah!! Great letter!

Cammie Heflin said...

You rock girl!

Junior said...

You rock Sarah, very well said

heidi @ ggip said...

Bravo!

Tricia said...

This is the best response I could ever imagine! I love Mr. Obama as well, but I suppose he has a thing or two to learn still (like all of us!!!)

Reading this MADE my World DS Day!

Shylo said...

Awesome letter Sarah!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love it!! You nailed it, Sarah!!

Cheche
Philippines

Mandy Buntjer said...

Thank you Sarah for your willingness to help others understand how special you are! My 5 year old son has Down Syndrome, and that comment really hurt my feelings too....good job doing something about it! The world would be a better place if more people were just like you!!

Recovering Noah said...

Wow! I just came across your blog via another blog. Fantastic letter! You tell him!

Leslie

Nana Val said...

Well done, Sarah! I have sent your post to President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
I hope he responds to you. You could give him pointers on bowling and how to treat people.

Margaret Marshall-Hagan said...

Way to tell him Sarah! Hope you get your invite to the White House. It would do us all a lot of good! Thanks for your advocacy and for being you!

waldenhouse said...

Very, very cool, Sarah!!

WheresMyAngels said...

Hee Hee, I see this post is making the rounds of the internet! Your now famous!

Loren Stow said...

Way to GO!!!! Your letter is just fantastic! I hope that your president takes you up on your offer - I bet he could learn alot from you!

Jacolyn said...

Right on sister!!

Anne said...

Sarah, you're awesome! Thank you for writing such a great letter!

Steph said...

Way to go Sarah! Someone needs to put our new President in his place and give him some lessons in being respectful. God Bless you!

Terri said...

A friend emailed me a link to your blog...WOW, you go girl! You said everything I wish I could've said in my letter to him. I'm glad to see you standing up for yourself, and to a "big wig", that's awsome! If you are ever in upper-east TN, I know a lot of people who would like to go bowling with you! Just send me a shout. By the way, have your heard back from him?

Little Miss E said...

You are my hero!

Kristin said...

Sweet!

Sabrina said...

I loved your letter, Sarah! He was wrong to make a remark like that, and you had every right to set the record straight. Good for you for speaking up and speaking your mind! You ROCK! =)