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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Wednesday marks the 100th day in the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Both are being judged on their performance so far, and a Lee County six year old says the First Lady gets an A+. Unknown to her parents, she decided to let the first lady know how she's doing.

Six year old Cemirra Thomas is a first grader at Lee County Primary. She likes to read and write, but her parents were caught off guard when one night after dinner she made an unusual request.

"She said 'Daddy, Mommy I need a stamp.' We said 'What do you need a stamp for?' She said, 'I wrote first Lady Obama and I need to mail it off,'" said Miranda.

Why write a letter the First Lady?

"I wanted to tell her I was a good student and my uncle has retired near where they are and I wanted to ask if we could have a White House Tour," said Cemirra.

It then became a waiting game and what seemed like a lifetime for a six year old.

"I checked the mailbox everyday to see if there was a letter,"  Cemirra said.

Then a few weeks ago, it arrived.

"Dear Cemirra, Thank you for writing. You letter was so kind and I appreciate the effort you put in it. As I say to my daughters It's important to always do your best..." Cemirra said.

On official White House stationary, with an autographed picture, that's sure to be a hit at show and tell. "I knew she would write me all along!"

This six year old, much like the first lady already has some lofty goals, she wants to be a doctor and ballerina.

"My dad is a nurse and I want to help kids get better," Cemirra said.

"My husband and I instill in her and the little one here that they can dream big and that anything is possible," Miranda said.

Possible that one day, this first grade, A student might dream bigger.

The Thomas' plan to make a trip to Washington D.C. in June and are working with Representative Sanford Bishop to secure Cemirra that White House tour.

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