A struggling mother of two is selling a handwritten letter that she received from President Obama to pay for her cancer treatment and put a down payment on a house.
Obama's January letter was a response to a three-page handwritten letter that Jennifer Cline wrote to him last year, saying: "I lost my job
, my health benefits and my self worth in a matter of 5 days." She, however, included a ray of hope: "In just a couple of years, we will be in a great spot."
Obama's handwritten response to her just may help Cline move into that great spot after a string of travesties for her that began in 2007, reports the New York Post
. She was newly pregnant with her second son and living in Monroe, Mich., in a riverside house owned by her then-boyfriend-now-husband, Jason.
The Clines lost that home to foreclosure after Jason Cline's swimming-pool business collapsed, and Jennifer Cline lost her job
as a pharmacy technician on the same day
that her mother was laid off. She filed for bankruptcy after racking up $50,000 in debt on four credit cards, while two companies sued her, reported The Washington Post
Cline moved in with her parents, and then with a friend, before finding a rental
duplex. But her eldest son's elementary school in their new neighborhood was soon closed for budgetary reasons. Then she was diagnosed with skin cancer.
Cline, 28, dropped the letter to Obama in her mailbox on Dec. 13, 2009, and three weeks later a response on the president's embossed stationery arrived, with a handwritten note.
"Thanks for the very kind and inspiring letter," he wrote to Cline. "I know times are tough, but knowing there are folks out there like you and your husband give [sic] me confidence that things will keep getting better!"
Obama personally answers by hand about two or three letters per day
of 10 that his staff presents to him daily.
Autograph dealer Gary Zimet, who agreed to pay $7,000 for the letter, told the New York Post
: "The letter is a historical document, and it is very hard for her to part with it. It's very timely considering the elections. But I don't think she's disillusioned with Obama -- this is just about surviving and practicality. She is selling it to pay for a house, which I think is poetic justice."
Zimet plans to sell the letter on his website, momentsintime.com
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