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June 23, 2014: President Barack Obama mimics someone handing him a baby as he speaks at The White House Summit on Working Families.

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Obama visit Thursday will feature Minneapolis woman

  • Article by: ALLISON SHERRY
  • Star Tribune
  • June 24, 2014 - 7:19 AM

– President Obama will spend Thursday in the shoes of a Minneapolis mother who wrote him a compelling letter about her daily middle-class struggles, White House officials said late Monday.

Obama recently read a letter from a woman the staff identified only as Rebekah, whose struggles keeping pace with the cost of living and child care and work inspired Obama to launch a series of conversations around the country with regular folks, officials said.

The conversations are meant to promote policies the White House believes can bolster the middle class.

In a YouTube video the White House will release Tuesday, Obama reads the letter aloud.

“ ‘I know staying silent about what you see and what needs changing never makes any difference so I’m writing you to let you know what it’s like for us in the middle of the country and I hope you will listen,’ ” Obama reads.


Turning to the camera, he said, “I think it’s going to be wonderful for me to let Rebekah know not only am I listening [but] that she’s not alone out there.”

The president had long planned a trip to the Twin Cities for a private fundraiser Thursday night.

Obama said in the video that he looked forward to listening to Rebekah’s story, which he said was common among the thousands of letters he receives.

“There are actually policies out there that could end up making a difference in her life if we could get Washington to work on her behalf,” he said.

Allison Sherry

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