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Fri Aug 5, 2016, 04:42 PM

Here's what happened when I wrote a letter to President Obama

Last year, I got a signed response to an email I sent in support of our president. It came out of the blue, but in a special attention-grabbing oversized envelope! We have it framed in glass for the skeptics - we can take it down and show the signature ink bleeding through the back of the letter! My family - my children - cherish this from President Obama, and will never forget him!

I saw this article today!


Original source: Jopwell, by Tiffany Davis Business Insider

Tiffany Davis was/is an aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech.

I type “How to reach President Obama” into Google and am automatically redirected to whitehouse.gov.

Yes, it’s 3 a.m. and I still have homework to do. Somehow, this feels more urgent (or at least more conquerable). I begin frantically typing directly into the text field of the “write President Obama” form, too consumed with my rant to actually open Microsoft Word and bother with spelling and formatting.

“You’ll probably never read this…” I begin.

I was wrong. Several months later, I received a call from an unknown number during class. Afraid it was an emergency, I stepped out to take the call.

“Hello. I’m calling from The White House. We’ve chosen your letter for President Obama to read today. Are you okay with that?”

My response? “Oh my God. Please spell-check it!”

The President, I learned, receives approximately 22,000 letters a day and reads around eight. Somehow, one of them was mine.

About a month later, though, I received another call from The White House asking if I’d like to come hear the President speak in my area. Sure. A few days later, word spread that President Obama was coming to Georgia Tech to speak about college affordability. Interesting. The day before his arrival, I was in the middle of a rocket propulsion class when I got another White House call.

Read the amazing story at: http://thewell.jopwell.com/posts/what-happened-when-i-wrote-a-letter-to-president-obama-rocket-science-boeing-tiffany-davis-georgia-tech/

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yallerdawg Aug 2016 OP
sheshe2 Aug 2016 #1
yallerdawg Aug 2016 #3
sheshe2 Aug 2016 #4
sheshe2 Aug 2016 #2
KT2000 Aug 2016 #5
lovemydog Aug 2016 #6
CRH Aug 2016 #13
lovemydog Aug 2016 #14
mikekohr Aug 2016 #7
yallerdawg Aug 2016 #10
lovemydog Aug 2016 #15
Stonepounder Aug 2016 #8
fleabiscuit Aug 2016 #9
mgardener Aug 2016 #11
yallerdawg Aug 2016 #12

Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 05:01 PM

1. OMG! yallerdawg...

I have something in my eye. What a beautiful moving story. Tiffany must be one brilliant woman, an aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech, no less.

Love when they met, shook her hand, gave her a hug then started cracking jokes. Just like him to put her at ease. Want to bet he attends her graduation?

She's going to have an interesting life and an amazing story to tell her children.

Love to our President, he has a huge heart.


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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 05:11 PM

3. From a 3 AM email rant to:

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 05:17 PM

4. Love!

She barely comes up to his chin.

He is a good man and an inspiration to us all.


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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 05:02 PM

2. Kick!

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 05:49 PM

5. what a great story -

such empathy on the part of our President. Amazing - too bad the whole country did not see it.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 06:00 PM

6. This made my day!

Thanks so much for sharing it here.

I got all choked up - the good kind of tears - when I read the part in President Obama's letter saying that he expects great things from Tiffany Davis.

A future rocket scientist. What an impressive young woman.

President Obama has inspired me so much in my personal life too. I genuinely feel his encouragement. That if you keep being honest, keep working hard, keep being a decent person, peace of mind should follow. Because goodness is its own reward.

We've had his back. He has ours.

Have a great weekend, everyone in the Barack Obama group!

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 07:53 PM

13. An interesting and profound statement from my grandfather, ...

he past on to me as a child, has always stayed with me. I am now 65. It really mimics your fourth paragraph, I hope you don't mind if I share.

"If you are honest, you work hard, and you take good care of your family, you might not always have everything you want, but you will always have everything you need."

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Response to CRH (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 12:10 AM

14. Thank you CRH.

Your grandfather was a wise man. These most basic things, hopefully they're the things with treat with the most respect. Hope you're enjoying a good weekend.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 06:45 PM

7. President Obama Answered My Letter On My Father's Death

Following is the link to my letter and President Obama's reply

Dear Mike:

Thank you for the moving letter you sent this spring. I was touched by your words, and saddened to learn of the passing of your father, Patrick.
Stories like your father's remind me why I ran for this office in the first place, and I trust you take great pride in his legacy of service and in the values he passed on to you. Please know your message will remain in my thoughts, and I will not stop fighting to build a brighter future for our nation.

Sincerely,
Barack Obama
9/3/2013

------------------my letter to President Obama 5/20/2013-------------------

Dear President Obama,
My father and I met you in July of 2004 at the Depue, Illinois VFW. It was just a few weeks after your address before the Democratic Convention. I was the last person in line to shake your hand after you had addressed the people gathered to meet you. I told you I was not sure you understood or were aware of the hope and promise that people saw in you. As you signed a copy of your convention speech that I had brought with me, I added, "Don't get the big head when you get to Washington, DC." You motioned to Michele and said, "She won't let me."
Neither of you have disappointed me. Both of you have inspired me as you have held your poise and grace in the face of vitriol most extreme and regrettable. But you should never lose sight of the fact that for every bitter voice there are many more that quietly admire and respect you.
My father passed over on March 3rd of this year. His last few years were a struggle. His last days were hard. As we talked the day before he passed into the Great Silence he told me he was glad he had lived long enough to see you re-elected. A life-long Democrat, a former precinct committeeman, he took great comfort knowing you were putting this nation back on the path of prosperity and respectibility. You gave my father something to smile about during his long goodbye. For that I am forever grateful.
Respectfully,
Mike Kohr


A SMILE
A smile is a very special thing. It costs nothing, but gives so much.
It creates happiness in the home. It fosters goodwill in business.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
Yet it cannot be begged, bought, or stolen.
It is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours.
For no one needs a smile as much as he who has no more to give.
-Olde Irish Saying-

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Patrick Henry Kohr 2/10/1931 - 3/3/2013

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110219415

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Response to mikekohr (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 06:58 PM

10. "Smiles" from our president.

I am certain he appreciates the "smiles" we send him.

A wonderful memory in honor of Patrick Henry Kohr.

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Response to mikekohr (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 12:11 AM

15. So beautiful.

Thanks for sharing!

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 06:45 PM

8. I am so going to miss him as President! n/y

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 06:52 PM

9. Wonderful story. Thank you.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 07:25 PM

11. Write or email your Republican rep

Your Republican representative and ask;
Do you support Donald Trump?
Why?
As your constituent I ask you not to support him.

Please respond to my questions.

I am on 3 business days without a response. Will email every day till I get a response. She is up for reelection and I want to know who she supports.

I think we all should email POTUS Obama and tell him what a great job he is doing!

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Response to mgardener (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 07:30 PM

12. I write my Republican reps all the time.

Senator Jeff Sessions stopped sending form replies!

Paul Ryan keeps thanking me with a form letter unrelated to anything I wrote! I like that! We're on the same page!

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