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Reality Check: Mother Forced to Sell Handwritten Obama Letter to Prevent Eviction


"I am just a little bit weary of the promises that he's made.”

Destiny Mathis is a 26-year-old mother of three from Indiana. She's been a fan of Barack Obama's, even campaigning for him in 2008. But now, times are hard, and she's being forced to sell one of her most treasured Obama mementos, a handwritten letter from the president, so she can make her rent payments.

"I campaigned for him hard,” Mathis told the Huffington Post. “I got the shirts made, the Barack the Vote shirts made. We've done a lot.”

But reality soon set in. After having a third child, born with health problems, and her partner leaving her, she was struggling to make ends meet. So, she decided to write the president.

“I wrote him just expressing my concern about what's going to happen in the next two years,” she told HuffPo. “I know he's under a lot of stress, but I need to see more results."

Surprisingly, he responded, telling her it would get better:


Thanks for the moving letter, and the support. You have such a positive spirit - please know that things will get better for you and your family. You inspire me and I'm rooting for you!

God Bless,

Barack Obama

But it didn't get better. And now, Destiny is having to sell the letter:

From HuffPo:

Out of desperation, Mathis contacted Gary Zimet, president of Moments in Time. Zimet has sold eight handwritten letters from President Obama, along with the actual Schindler's List and other pieces of American history.

Zimet said that handwritten letters from Obama on White House stationary are “extremely rare” and he hopes to sell Mathis’ letter for $11,000.

"I am just a little bit weary of the promises that he's made,” Mathis said. “I really haven't been seeing any kind of changes that affect me directly. ... We need the money so we can move into something that's compatible with the kids and to help us out. We are really, really struggling. It's hard for us right now."

You can watch her interview with HuffPo below:

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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