Many moms look forward to special calls from their kids on Mother’s Day. But this year, three lucky mothers received personal phone calls from President Obama.
“I decided on Mother’s Day I should call up some letter writers and moms, and say thank you for being great moms,” Obama, 53, told Dawn Miller, a corrections officer from Tucson, Arizona, who has a 22-year-old son. “You’re one of the moms I want to say thank you to You still don’t believe me.”
Stephanie Tarr, a waitress from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and the mother to two boys, reacted with similar disbelief when Obama called her and introduced himself, reports CNN.
“Not uh … no way,” Tarr said.
“It’s me! Give me a test,” the president replied from the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. “Ask me about anything.”
The last mother to receive a phone call from the commander-in-chief was Patricia Church of Ormond Beach, Florida. Church has four children, including a Marine based out of Camp Lejeune.
She’d written Obama a letter on the night of his State of the Union address, telling him about her struggles with being a single mother, according to a White House official.
She never expected to hear back from the president, but suddenly, there he was on the other end of the phone on Mother’s Day.
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“I know how tough it is to raise kids and do right by them. If it hadn’t been for my mother, I certainly wouldn’t be here,” Obama said, referencing his own mother, Ann Dunham, who died of ovarian cancer in 1995. “You’re doing the most important work there is.”
“I’m so proud of everything you’ve done, raising four kids and you know, serving our country,” he added. “Those boys are going to turn out good because of you.”