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Monday, June 20, 2011

Unemployed Mom Selling Handwritten Note from President Obama

Hobart, Ind. (By Darlene Hill, FOX Chicago News) -Destiny Mathis wrote to President Barack Obama last year to encourage him to hang in there, even in the face of tough criticism over the economy.

To her shock, he sent her back a handwritten response:


Thank you for your moving letter and your support. You have such a positive spirit. Please know things will get better for you and your family. You inspire me and I'm rooting for you.

God Bless,

Barack Obama

And now the Hobart, Ind. single mother of three is trying to sell that precious note -- because she is unemployed, out of money, and at the end of her rope. She graduated at the top of her class in 2005. But she can't find work as a surgical technologist, the bills are stacking up, and she and her children could get evicted by the end of the month.

Aside from her flat-screen TV, the letter is the only thing of value she owns. So it's on sale on momentsintime.com for $11,000.

"Us staying together as a family means a lot more than a letter," she said.


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