7-year-old asks for a job at Google: 4 other children who write letters to well-known people

The Googleplex in Menlo Park, California.
The Googleplex in Menlo Park, California. PHOTO: AFP

British girl Chloe Bridgewater may be only seven years old, but she has already sent in a job application to Google.

While she did not land the job, Chloe did receive an encouraging reply from Google Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai, and the attention of many well-wishers online.

But she is certainly not the only child to pen letters to influential adults.

Here are four other precocious children who did the same:

1. To: then US President Barack Obama


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Adinda Rania, the nine-year-old daughter of an Indonesian journalist living in America, was so concerned about the change in United States presidency that she sent a letter to then-outgoing US President Barack Obama in November 2016.

Her questions included: "Is it still safe for us to be here?" and "Can I still go to the same school?"

Adinda, whose mother is Voice of America journalist Eva Mazrieva, also said : "I like to recite the Quran. I wonder if I can still do so if (Donald) Trump becomes president, because he keeps saying that he does not like Muslims."

Mr Obama wrote back in January 2017, thanking Adinda for sharing her thoughts with him, and reassured her of the unity of people living in the country.

He said in his letter: "But while we might look different or come from different families, as Americans, we are united in our belief that all of us deserve the same rights and the same opportunities."

"We share a lasting reponsibility to show each other kindness and respect, and to treat each other the way we want to be treated."

2. To: Pope Francis


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In a valiant attempt, a five-year-old girl defied Secret Service agents to deliver her message supporting the legalising of undocumented migrants in the US directly into the hands of the Pope.

Sofia Cruz, who was born in the United States to Mexican parents, climbed over a metal barrier to get to Pope Francis, only to be stopped by guards.

However, the Pope, who was making his first visit to the US in September 2015, waved for them to bring her to him.

"I want to tell you that my heart is sad," Sofia wrote in her letter.

"All immigrants just like my dad help feed this country. They deserve to live with dignity. They deserve to live with respect. They deserve an immigration reform."

The little girl had made the journey to Washington with her father and other churchgoers from the La Senora Reina de Los Angeles Church.

3. To: US President Donald Trump


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Bana Alabed, aged seven, famous for her tweets from the beseiged Syrian city of Aleppo, posted a letter on Twitter to Mr Donald Trump in January 2017, asking him to help children still living there.

She appealed to him, writing: "I know you will be the President of America so can you please save the children and people of Syria?"

"You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you."

Bana had become the public face of the plight of Syrians, as she and her mother Fatemah worked together to tweet their experience during the seige of Aleppo in 2016.

Bana and her family were safely evacuated in December 2016 to Turkey, where she met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who supports the rebels fighting his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.

4. To: then US First Lady Michelle Obama


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While other children peppered Mrs Obama with questions about her favourite food or colour at a White House event in 2014, 10-year-old Charlotte Bell handed her her jobless father's resume.

"My dad's been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his resume," she said.

Mrs Obama responded by whispering to Charlotte and hugging her, telling the other children: "It's a little private, but she's doing something for her dad."

She took the resume with her after the end of the event for White House employees' children, called Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Charlotte's father had worked for the Obama campaign in 2012 and had been on the look-out for a policy job since then, according to her mother, who declined to be named.

Sources: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, CNN, JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, THE GUARDIAN, THE TELEGRAPH