February 11, 2009

Henrietta Hughes: How Obama and Chene Thompson Saved Her

After Henrietta Hughes spoke to President Barack Obama at his town hall meeting, and asked for help with her family's plight, she got help from Chene Thompson, the wife of local Consgressman Nick Thompson:

How Obama and Chene Thompson Saved Henrietta Hughes

Henrietta Hughes was offered a home by Chene Thompson, wife of State Representative Nick Thompson, who heard the homeless woman’s pleas for help to President Obama before a local and national crowd.

The house is in LaBelle, the first home Scere Thompson bought after law school. She told Hughes, “Just give me the opportunity to help you.”

Hughes broke down in front of thousands when she told the president that she and her son have been homeless for more than a year. They are living in a pickup truck.

Obama hugged her after she asked her question and said his staff would help. A staffer later gave her a card to the head of the housing authority and she was told he would help her.

Hughes said she wanted to talk to the president to tell him about their problems.

“That was my desire,” the 61-year-old woman said as she cried. “I said I just pray to the Lord.”

She revealed her family is homeless. Obama asked her name. Said Hughes:

“I have an urgent need, unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in”

Obama responded:

“We’re gonna do everything we can to help you . …”

How Obama and Chene Thompson Saved Henrietta Hughes Posted at February 11, 2009 3:13 PM