One of the most moving moments at President Obama’s town hall event in Ft. Myers, FL, yesterday was when Henrietta Hughes — a petite, elderly, African-American woman living out of her car — asked Obama for help. “I have an urgent need,” Hughes said. “We need something more than the vehicle and parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom, please help.” Obama then walked over and hugged her, saying that he was “going to do everything we can.” Watch the exchange:
Hughes’s plea has been answered. Chene Thompson, the wife of State Rep. Nick Thompson (R), has offered her former residence to Hughes. “Basically, I offered Ms. Hughes and her son the opportunity to stay in my home rent free, for as long as they need to,” said Thompson. “I’m not a millionaire, I’m not rich, but this is what I can do for someone if they need it.”
Another attendee of the town hall — 19-year-old McDonald’s worker Julio Osegueda — also had his plea for a better job and benefits answered, at least temporarily. He was offered a job as the color announcer for the radio broadcast of the Ft. Myers Miracle baseball team’s home opener on April 10.