A struggling U.S. woman who wrote to President Barack Obama about her financial hardship and received a handwritten response from him saying, "Things will get better!," has had to sell the letter to an autograph dealer, the New York Post reported Monday.
Jennifer Cline, 28, from Monroe, Mich., wrote to Obama describing how she and her husband lost their jobs in 2007. She wrote, "I lost my job, my health benefits and my self-worth in a matter of five days."
The moving letter then detailed how, after being diagnosed with two types of skin cancer, Cline turned her life around -- she signed up for Medicaid, found that her treatment was successful and saw her unemployment benefit extended -- enabling her to go back to college.
She added, "In just a couple of years, we will be in a great spot."
Obama was shown the letter by an aide Jan. 8. He wrote back on a White House-headed card that he signed, "Thanks for the very kind and inspiring letter. I know times are tough, but knowing there are folks out there like you and your husband gives me confidence that things will keep getting better!"
But things did not immediately improve for Cline, who has now agreed to sell the letter to autograph dealer Gary Zimet for $7,000 to help pay off medical bills from her cancer treatment and for a down payment on a house.
Zimet, who planned to sell the letter on his website, momentsintime.com, said, "The letter is a historical document, and it is very hard for her to part with it. It's very timely, considering the elections. But I don't think she's disillusioned with Obama -- this is just about surviving and practicality. She is selling it to pay for a house, which I think is poetic justice."