How could anyone not be moved by Henrietta Hughes, a woman who came to President Barack Obama’s Fort Myers, Florida town hall meeting and begged for relief from her homelessness.
“I have an urgent need, unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in.” … “The housing authority has two years waiting lists, and we need something more than the vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help.”
After she finished her tearful plea, the President walked into the audience and held her for a moment. He told her she was not alone in her suffering and he told her to talk to his staff after the town hall. She was rescued at least temporarily by Florida state representative Nick Thompson, whose wife offered Hughes rent-free lodging in a vacant home she owned. The sight of Hughes breaking down in front of the President hammered home the terrible state of affairs we are in. Obama has seen many like her and for each one that met Obama over the past two years, there are 100 more. Whether you were for or against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, now that it has passed, we can only hope that it brings some small measure of relief to a nation in crisis.
And now, the President of the United States of America: