A few days ago I almost publish this post, but decided to wait and see how this one played out, because I had a feeling that someone was going to happen in regards to Henrietta Hughes.
Tuesday, President Obama was having a Town Hall Meeting in Ft. Myers, Florida in efforts to discuss the Stimulus Package with everyday people. A woman by the name of Henrietta Hughes was asked The President for help with an urgent issue. She told The President that she was homeless for more than a year and now was living in a pickup truck as she broke down in front of thousands.
After President Obama hugged and kissed her his told her that a member of his staff would help. Apparently they kept their word, because the next day she was offered a home by Mrs. Chene Thompson, the wife of State Representative Nick Thompson (R-FL).
I don’t know what the inner dealings that made this happen, but does it really matter. It’s good to see what happens when people are willing to step beyond themselves and their own political interests to offer their own rescue package to who they can help. It didn’t matter if Ms. Hughes was a Republican or Democrat she was a citizen in urgent need. Ms. Hughes wasn’t able to vote November 4th, because she didn’t have an address. So regardless of her party affiliation she asked this Democrat for his help and the wife of a Republican was able to assist.
Ms. Hughes told a reporter that she wanted to talk to the president to tell him about their problems. That was my desire; I said I just pray to the Lord.
Now as I read all of the divisive comments from supporters on both sides pointing the finger of blame at each other I simply have to give you both “the hand”. While you’re bickering over whose at fault we continue to see people every single day loosing their home, losing their job and forced to make the same difficult decisions like Ms. Hughes was forced to make. She still had the courage to stand before thousands and ask for help.
Would your foolish pride allow you to do the same?
When your back is against the wall and you have no strings in those boots and the straps are falling off it doesn’t matter where the help comes from a Democrat or Republican or if the person is Black, Hispanic, Asian or White, male or female. Humble yourself. We all have the opportunity to help. This is what is meant by open your clinched fist.
References & Inspirations The Huffington Post – 02/11/09 “Henrietta Hughes Given Home After Telling Obama She Was Homeless” The News-Press – 02/12/09 “homeless Fort Myers Woman Offered Help After Town Hall”