This past March, a mom from Minneapolis named Rebekah wrote the President a letter about the increasing costs of taking care of her family. She told him about her day-to-day struggles, and let him know what she thinks needs to change.
Today, the President is traveling to Minnesota to spend some time with her.
That's because Rebekah's experience is representative of the experience of millions of Americans across the country right now: Even though our economy has undoubtedly made a comeback, too many folks are still stretched too thin.
This is the first in a series of "day in the life" trips the President will be taking over the course of the summer -- an opportunity to communicate directly with the people he's working for every day.
We want to make sure you see what the President sees, too.
The President departs Joint Base Andrews.
A group of ROTC students watched and cheered at the gate as the President stepped out of Marine One and then boarded Air Force One.
President Obama waves from AF1 to military personnel at Joint Base Andrews. Next stop: Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/g7BLuQ1HSZ— petesouza (@petesouza) June 26, 2014
Air Force One touches down in Minnesota.
Just landed in Minnesota w Potus. First up, lunch with a working mom who wrote him a letter abt the challenges facing working families.— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) June 26, 2014
"Our goal is to give the president an authentic opportunity to see at least part of the world through the eyes of this one working mom in Minnesota."
-- White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest
The President sits down for lunch with Rebekah.
The President shared a booth with Rebekah at Matt's Bar, known for its "Jucy Lucy" burger, in south Minneapolis' Corcoran neighborhood.
And then they continue on to a town hall meeting at a nearby park.
"You guys are the reason I ran. You're who I'm thinking about every single day."
--President Barack Obama, Minnehaha Park Town Hall
"We can make life a little better for American families who are doing their best." —President Obama: http://t.co/4O7ux1zTik— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 27, 2014
Potus distills msg @ today's townhall: I know middle class families r working harder than ever. I'm fighting for u. You're the reason I ran.— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) June 26, 2014