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First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden make unannounced visit to Haiti

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden arrived in Haiti on the first lady's first official foreign trip -- without her husband and children. They're taking a helicopter tour of Port-Au-Prince, where more than a million are homeless, living under tents and tarps.

The unannounced visit comes a day after Haiti marked the third month anniversary of the Jan. 12 earthquake that ripped through the capital and four smaller southern cities.

The trip was kept under wraps until the pair arrived. The White House released a statement: "First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are visiting Haiti to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months. They will also reach out to the UN and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort underway to help Haiti."

The trip is ahead of Obama's three-day journey to Mexico City -- a trip the Washington Post noted will be her first official foreign trip alone -- "without the president and without her children. She will use it to amplify and articulate a singular message to young people: self-determination." 


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Len Pasek

Dear President & Mrs. Michelle Obama, Senators, & Congressmen,

Please enact as quickly as possible legislation for those of us who have exceeded 99 weeks without securing gainful employment. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. I beg of you speaking for the thousands of Americans out of work. It is admirable to help all in need including the fine people of Haiti but are you turning your back on those of us who made it possible to support the people of Haiti?

Some say that  80-90% of those receiving unemployment spend it as fast as they receive it. Based on the amount that is received by any recipient of unemployment benefits, it is easy to do. All one has to do is review one's monthly budget to truly understand that the individual receiving these benefits, according to our own government standards, is at the poverty level. The reason I say this is because when one collects unemployment they are unable to collect food stamps which implies one has to be at or below the poverty level.

In the interim of finding a job I can't express how many people attempt to scam others who are down and out instead of trying to help one's neighbor. I have had people call me to tell me they want me to be part of a executive team headed by Donald Trump. Unfortunately these days it is far more common not to know one's neighbor under the notion of everyone trying to mind their own business.

Mrs. Obama, you cannot grow enough fruit and vegetables in the White House Garden to feed the thousands of Americans who have lost all unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks.

I understand that you don't have beets in your garden. I didn't plant them because I was afraid that the growing period would be longer than I would be in my home because of the fact that I am now in imminent danger of losing my home because I am 4 months behind in my mortgage payments because I am out of work and exhausted all of my 401K funds to pay healthcare bills, fuel, and lodging. On top of all of this I was in a vehicle accident where my entire car this week had been total loss.

Please let this be your first and utmost cause.

Len Pasek
Tel: 770.231.4373

Later in the day when I arrived at my home I had a message on my answering machine that my vehicle was reported by the insurance company as a total loss.

Here is a story I wrote to ease my pain.


Len Pasek
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770.231.4373

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