Earlier in April, President Barack Obama received a letter from an 8-year-old girl in Flint, MI. Mari Copeny, endearingly known as "Little Miss Flint" around town, wrote Obama asking for a chance to meet him while she was in Washington DC observing the congressional hearings for Governor Rick Snyder related to the Flint water crisis.
In the note, Mari explained: "I am one of the children that is effected by this water, and I've been doing my best to march in protest and to speak out for all the kids that live here in Flint."
While she didn't meet the president in DC, Obama took her request one step further and responded that he would come to Flint. Obama addressed the water crisis in Flint yesterday, and he also met Mari.
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In a video posted by the White House to Instagram, we witness Mari finally meeting Obama. As we watched her jump, while giggling, into Obama's arms, the moment became a sliver of hope amid this environmental tragedy.
"When something like this happens, a young girl shouldn't have to go to Washington to be heard. I thought her President should come to Flint to meet with her." —President Obama on 8-year-old Mari Copeny. Mari, AKA "Little Miss Flint", wrote to the President about how she's working to bring attention to the public health crisis in her community, and yesterday she met the President in Michigan.
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