Kids to AIG: 'Not All of USA Hates You'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2009 3:44 PM CDT
An AIG financial products office in Connecticut.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It seems fourth-graders have a greater store of empathy than the rest of this crisis-wracked nation. When a Houston teacher asked students how they felt about the AIG bonus scandal, it provoked the usual boos and hisses. But when she put the kids in an AIG employee’s shoes, they relented and wrote letters of support to beleaguered workers. The Washington Post takes a look at the result.

“Hi AIG. Not all of USA hates you,” goes one of the missives. “We know you’re not villains” and “Keep working hard, dudes! Keep eating your vegatabos!” are other examples. “To have reached out to us in such a heartfelt way is really a testament to your individual and collective humanity,” an AIG worker wrote in reply to the letters, which now hang on office walls.