At only 10, Elyzabeth "Elly" Johnson is making friends with people in the White House.

At only 10, Elyzabeth "Elly" Johnson is making friends with people in the White House.

Inspired by watching the presidential inauguration, the St. Matthias fourth-grader decided to send a letter to Sasha and Malia Obama, the daughters of President Barack Obama, because they are around her age.

"I really like the Obamas," Elly said. "They're a great family."

Elly drafted a letter, asking the Obamas what the White House was like, if they had American Girl dolls like she does and if she could visit them at the White House.

To the surprise of Elly and her mother, Lisa Johnson, Elly got a personalized response from Michelle Obama, thanking her for writing, saying the girls were busy with school and encouraging Elly to visit the White House, which, Obama explained, is really "the people's house," and to get involved in serving her community.

"I never in a million years thought anyone would write her back," Lisa Johnson said. "I'm sure there are millions of people who wrote to them."

Elly said she was excited to get such a personalized response.

"I was really excited," she said. "I didn't want to do anything else that day but stare at it."

Eventually, Elly said she would like to make a visit to the White House "just to see what it's like to be there."

Lisa Johnson said the letter is typical of her daughter, who is energetic and likes to try her hand at different things.

"She's really a bright child," Lisa Johnson said. "She's just one of those kids who likes to do those kinds of things, and we just kind of go with the flow."