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Denis R. McDonough
Obama meets with single mom, 'the person we are working for'
Obama meets with single mom, 'the person we are working for'

The paper was stamped “Back from the Oval,” and though the scribbled note at the bottom wasn’t signed, the loopy handwriting was clearly President Obama’s. “This is the person we are working for,” Obama wrote, directing his aides’ attention to Tanei Benjamin, a single mother in Delaware who is trying to put herself through school. After reading an email that Benjamin wrote him last summer, Obama instructed his personal assistant to distribute a printout to all his senior advisors. Obama sometimes asks his staff to look into specific problems that he learns about in letters from Americans, but he rarely shares the sheaf of personal notes he goes...

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