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June 18th, 2011
10:38 PM ET

A Mother's Dilemma: Selling Obama's Letter to Survive

Destiny Mathis once campaigned for Barack Obama. When she lost her job as a surgical technologist last year, she wrote a heartfelt letter to him, explaining her situation, but supporting the President. He wrote back. Now Mathis, facing eviction, is considering selling her White House notecard to help pay the bills and get by. CNN's Don Lemon talked to the Indiana mother of three about the tough decision.

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  1. Seph

    One does not understand home economics if you graduated at the top of your class in 2005, then have 3 kids in 6 years while your mother is battling cancer, never marry the man who's the father of your kids, and hope as a single parent your job as a technician will tide you thru. There is no Constitutional or biblical guarantee that by writing a letter to the most powerful man in the world everything will be ok. NONE!

    Poverty is a choice!

    June 19, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  2. June

    Where is the husband or father(s) of these three children? Why did she have ONE child, then another TWO without a committed relationship and why did the writer not even mention this fact as a negative?

    June 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  3. Lilly

    Why she having kids if she cant afford it? I dont understand why we should feel sorry for this woman. wheres the dad in this? There is none? wow! She was employed yet decided to get pregnant from a loser and now has nothing and now we are supposed to feel sorry for her...I dont understand why this is a story?

    June 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  4. Sympathetic

    This is really a sad situation and I can also see the the point the commentors are making. Why three children before you wake up and realize the man is not a keeper. I'm a single parent and raised my daughter on my own but I was smart enough to know one was enough for me. I was also determined not to take any public assistance. From time to time I worked two jobs to make ends meet but today times are so different than they were back then. Even with an eduacation I find people are finding it difficult to get and maintain a job. For those who supported our President don't be discouraged. Unfortunately, he is not the savior and is limited to what he is able to do. Commentors I would suggest we all look in the mirror before we start to down the decisions of another. I didn't hear this young mother ask anyone to feel sorry for he. I didn't hear her ask for a ahnd out or welfare. I hear her asking for a job to be able to work and provide for her children. The babies are here now you can't return them to sender so either aid in bringing jobs in this economy or provide public assistance. The city of Gary has nothing to offer it's youth or young adults. Where do they go to find work in a ity that has none. You can educate yourself but if the city has nothing to offer you will find more than this young lady in this situation and crying out for help. I'ts her problem today but tomorrow it may be ours.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm |

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