Yolanda speaks her mind
Yolanda Burroughs-Vestal wrote a sincere letter addressed to President Obama.
She begins by sending a compliment. But her message is the opposite.
She posted it on her Facebook page and it went viral.
As a result, she received messages of support from all over the country. The volume of incoming email overwhelmed the network. Facebook temporarily blocked her from sending messages to those writing to her.
But before all of this happened, I saw her letter and had exchanged emails with her. I asked if we could reprint it, and she said yes. Here's the viral message that ignited so much passion:
Dear President Obama,
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all you have done and are doing.
You see I am a single mom located in the very small town of Palmer, Texas.
I live in a small rental house with my two children. I drive an older car that I pray daily runs just a little longer. I work at a mediocre job bringing home a much lower paycheck than you or your wife could even imagine living on.
I have a lot of concern about the new "ObamaCare" along with the taxes being forced on us Americans and debts you are adding to our country. I have a few questions for you Mr. President.
Have you ever struggled to pay your bills? I have.
Have you ever sat and watched your children eat, and you eat what was left on their plates when they were done because there wasn't enough for you to eat, too? I have.
Have you ever had to rob Peter to pay Paul, and it still not be enough? I have.
Have you ever been so sick that you needed to see a doctor and get medicine, but had no health insurance because it was too expensive? I have.
Have you ever had to tell your children "no" when they asked for something they needed? I have.
Have you ever patched holes in pants, glued shoes, replaced zippers, because it was cheaper than buying new? I have.
Have you ever had to put an item or two back at the grocery store, because you didn't have enough money? I have.
Have you ever cried yourself to sleep because you had no clue how you were going to make ends meet? I have.
My questions could go on and on.
I don't believe you have a clue what Americans are actually going through and honestly, I don't believe you care.
Not everyone lives extravagantly.
While your family takes expensive trips that cost more than most of us make in two to four years, there are so many of us that suffer. Yet, you are doing all you can to add to the suffering. I think you are a very selfish and cold-hearted man who does not care what is best for the people he was elected by (not by me) to represent, but more so out for the glory of your name attached to history.
So thank you Mr. President, thank you for pushing those of us that are barely staying afloat completely under water and driving America into the ground. You have made your mark in history as the absolute worst and most hated president of the United States. God have mercy on your soul!
A powerful letter. I asked Yolanda if she actually mailed it to the president. This was her response: "It was just a Facebook vent. I did not send it to the White House, even though many have encouraged me to do so."
Some believe Yolanda's message captured the feeling of many.