President Obama is no different than the rest of us. Oh sure - right now he's the President of the United States and none of us are. But that's temporary. He's had difficulties in life just like the rest of us. In fact, he shared a story just the other day that emphasized that very fact.
“Rebekah [Erier] sent me this letter, and it moved me,” President Obama told donors at an evening fund-raiser in Minneapolis, trying to show just how in touch he is with regular Americans.
“She and her husband married about six, seven years ago; he was in — he was a carpenter, he was in contracting. He had a good job; housing market plummets, loses his job. Gets another job. Gets injured on the job, they accumulate some debt, that job is lost,” Obama said, saying the couple has two children.
“He gets another job with the railroads, which require him to be away basically four or five days a week while she’s taking care of two kids. … She goes back to school to get an accounting degree [and] ends up with $12,000 worth of debt. She gets a job at the accounting firm, he gets a new job, although at a significantly lower pay, back in construction and he can be with the family more.”
The President didn't mention that the couple's difficulties happened during his administration.
But Obama decided to meet the woman during his time out of Washington.
“I told her this. I said, you may not hear it because the press will not report it — the only reason I’m in politics is because of you,” Obama went on.
“When I see you, I’m reminded of when Michelle and I were starting off early on, and Michelle calling me in tears because we had just lost the nanny and we had no idea whether we were going to be able to replace her with somebody.”
Now see that? President Obama is still in touch with the regular folks. He obviously understands what it's like to be unemployed, broke and in debt because he and Michelle once lost their nanny and weren't sure they could replace her. What a guy.
Doesn't it just make you proud....?