Prepare to have your heart warmed considerably on this Friday morning.
When President Barack Obama received a letter from a concerned 8-year old resident of Flint, MI named Mari Copeny (aka "Little Miss Flint") in April, he did what any respectable president would do: He responded. But what nobody expected was for him to also plan a very special meeting with her in her beleaguered city.
"Mr. President," Copeny began her letter. "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."
POTUS responded with the letter below:
And a little more than a week later, the commander in cute was on a plane to Flint to meet the precocious youngster. On Thursday, the White House posted a video (below) of their ridicuoously adorable meeting from the day before. Little Mari can be seeing running into the outstretched arms of the president, who scoops her up into a gigantic bear hug.
"I wrote to you," Copely tells Obama when he puts her down, standing in front of him with her hands on her hips.
"I know, that's why I decided to come," he replies, mirroring her stance.
"When something like this happens, a young girl shouldn't have to go to Washington to be heard. I thought her President should come to Flint to meet with her." —President Obama on 8-year-old Mari Copeny. Mari, AKA "Little Miss Flint", wrote to the President about how she's working to bring attention to the public health crisis in her community, and yesterday she met the President in Michigan.
"I would have been happy to see Mari in Washington," Obama said at a Flint high school during his remarks that followed. "But when something like this happens, a young girl shouldn't have to go to Washington to be heard. I thought her President should come to Flint to meet with her."
And, we're dead.