Obama Meets With Single Mom, ‘The Person We Are Working For’
Career College Central Summary:
After reading an email that Benjamin wrote him last summer, Obama instructed his personal assistant to distribute a printout to all his senior advisors.
In her email, Benjamin told Obama of the difficulties of raising a 5-year-old daughter while working as a full-time personal banker and attending DeVry University.
She works six days a week at $15 an hour, she wrote. After paying rent and child care, she barely makes ends meet. But she doesn’t want to quit school.
On July 7 last year, Benjamin, then 22, wasn’t thinking about politics. She was writing a journal entry, addressing it, as she often does, to a person she pictures before her as she writes.
She explained how she was working full time while also attending the university. She wanted a business and human resources degree.“I do everything in my power to raise my daughter to be better than the person I used to be,” she wrote. But her rent was more than $800 and her child-care expenses were sometimes more than that — on top of taxes and healthcare coverage withheld from her pay. After applying for food stamps, she found that she earned too much to qualify.
“I can’t imagine being out in the streets with my daughter,” she wrote, “and I’m afraid that’s what may happen.”
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