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Letter of the Week—October 17th, 2011

Michael and his family were hit hard by the economic downturn in 2007. Last week, he took time to write to President Obama to thank him for the ways the President’s policies have helped him and his family.

How far we have come since the 2008 election.

My name is Michael. I wanted you to know [that] you have truly changed my life in so many ways and these changes have made me a better father to my four children, a better husband to my wife, and a better citizen to my country.

One evening in August 2007, while watching television, they replayed the keynote address [you] gave at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. That speech motivated me. I felt [you] really cared for the future of this country, but at the same time my guard was up because you never know when dealing with politicians. I started to follow [you] and keep up on which issues [you were] passionate about, and how [you were] voting on these issues during [your] Senate term.

Mr. President, you have motivated me in so many ways. You are truly an inspiration to me. I decided to get off the sidelines and put myself into the game. I am committed to building our neighborhood teams, registering students to vote, and hosting house events. People like to ask me why I give so much of my time to your grassroots campaign when there’s no reward for me. I always laugh, and simply say that my reward is knowing that I am campaigning for my kids’ future and by giving my time, I am making a real difference in our country.

Thank you for being our President.

Michael, Arizona

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