Read The Letter That 5-Year-Old Chelsea Clinton Wrote To President Reagan

And how "devastating" it was when he didn't respond.

Even as a young forward-thinking 5-year-old, Chelsea Clinton knew she was destined for the national stage. In 1985, years before she would become the nation's first daughter, Clinton wrote a letter to then-President Ronald Reagan with a clear message, as she explained on James Corden's The Late Late Show. She didn't want Reagan to visit Kolmeshöhe Cemetary, a military cemetery in west Germany where Nazis were buried.

"Dear Mr. President," she wrote, "I have seen 'The Sound of Music.' The Nazis don't look like very nice people. Please don't go to their cemetery. Sincerely, Chelsea Clinton." 

53 senators wrote letters of their own to Reagan, imploring him to not to visit the gravesite while at an economic summit in the country. In the end, Reagan still visited the site.


It was a crushing defeat for Clinton when she did not receive a response to her heart- and rainbow-stickered letter from the POTUS, but it didn't change her expectations.

"It was devastating to me. I remember so vividly running to the mailbox … and for weeks just thought, 'I'm going to get a response.' And I never did," she recalled.

Just shy of a decade later, Clinton was inspired to work towards policy change for communicating with the youngest citizens. As her father, President Bill Clinton, took office in 1993, she was responsible for helping to set up a special children's correspondence unit, which guaranteed that every child would receive a response so that they won't feel the "devastating" blow of silence from our nation's leader.

"Every child's letter would be tracked, and every child would be guaranteed a response," she explained.

Presidents Bush and Obama continued the unit Clinton helped to build, but she's unsure if it remains under the current administration.


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