President Obama, proving yet again how amazing he is, will be visiting the city of Flint thanks to an 8-year-old girl who wrote him a moving letter asking to meet with him.
Obama will travel to Flint to meet with residents who have been affected by the continuing water crisis and to also put pressure on Republican lawmakers to take action to help the people who have been poisoned by the water flowing into their homes.
It was a letter from an 8-year-old girl named Mari that has prompted Obama’s decision to fly into the devastated city. Mari, who said she is also known as “Little Miss Flint” due to her activism, wrote the following words to the president:
Hello my name is Mari Copeny and I’m 8 years old, I live in Flint, Michigan and I’m more commonly known around town as “Little Miss Flint”. I am one of the children that is effected by this water, and I’ve been doing my best to march in protest and to speak out for all the kids that live here in Flint. This Thursday I will be riding a bus to Washington, D.C. to watch the congressional hearings of our Governor Rick Snyder.
I know this is probably an odd request but I would love for a chance to meet you or your wife. My mom said chances are you will be too busy with more important things, but there is a lot of people coming on these buses and even just a meeting from you or your wife would really lift people’s spirits.
Thank you for all that do for our country. I look forward to being able to come to Washington and to be able to see Gov. Snyder in person and to be able to be in the city where you live.
President Obama was moved by Little Miss Flint’s words and responded with a letter of his own, written on official White House stationary:
The purpose of Obama’s visit is not only to meet this amazing little girl but also put political pressure on Senate Republicans who have been stonewalling an aid package that would help the residents of Flint. Despite the fact that several indictments have finally been handed down in connection with the poisoning of the entire city, measures to actually to actually help the people of Flint have yet to become a reality. Hopefully, this visit from the president will help change that.