a senator with a heart

@winterose (39898)
Canada
November 7, 2008 10:55am CST
I just found this in David Emery's Urban Legends and it is actually true, This Man has reached people as far away as Norway. Summary: Forwarded email relates a story published in a Norwegian newspaper about Mary Menth Andersen, who was stranded without money in the Miami airport one day in 1988 and unable to pay a $103 luggage surcharge. A tall, well-dressed stranger came to her rescue and paid the fee. His name: Barack Obama. Description: Emailed news item Circulating since: Oct. 2008 Status: True for the full link: http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/barackobama/a/random_act.htm this is a case of a politician doing something nice for someone and it was not politically motivated for votes, what are you opinions, have you ever gone out of your way to help a stranger, has a stranger ever helped you?
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
7 Nov 08
It's interesting that he would help a stranger but evidently was never interested in helping the underprivileged members of his own family.
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@winterose (39898)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
do you have proof of that or is that another smear that has been circulated,
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
7 Nov 08
It just recently came out that his aunt is living (as an illegal alien) in public housing in the U.S. - and will probably be deported. He could have sponsored her so that she could have become a citizen but evidently wasn't interested in doing that. He also has a number of relatives living in the villages of Kenya - in underprivileged conditions - it is no hoax, it is widely known.
• United States
7 Nov 08
winterose, I am not sure if it's a smear lie or the truth. But it did come out in the "mainstream" newspapers about Barack's aunt living in the USA illegally and about his poor relatives in Kenya. However, Obama did not even know about his aunt living illegally in the U.S. Nor did he know about those relatives living in poverty in Kenya. I'm sure now that he knows about his relatives, he will help his aunt become a legal citizen. And will help his Kenyan relatives as much as he possibily can. Those newspapers also said something about those relatives being on Obama's father's side. Since he never really knew, or saw, his father growing up of course he's not going to know about these relatives!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
8 Nov 08
Wow, that is nice. Always knew he has a good heart. Yes, once we didn't have enough money for a bus ticket when I was younger and a few women helped my mom pay for the tickets. She was African American. It was back in 1982. 3 years ago when I visited my mom in New Mexico where she was living at the time I had ran out of minutes on my phone card(my niece used them up calling her boyfriend in the two days it took to get us there and used the last of my minutes as we were waiting on my dad to pick me ,my sister, and my niece up from the bus station) and a older woman also African American gave me a phone card with 260 minutes on it so I was able to keep in touch with my husband the two weeks I was away my niece and sister also used it. I am grateful for strangers with kind hearts.
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@winterose (39898)
• Canada
8 Nov 08
that is absolutely wonderful, I am glad that you were helped by strangers like that.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
8 Nov 08
Yeah, I think of them as my angels. Because without their help we would have been stuck at the bus stop and broke and no food. The woman who helped also gave us $25 for food. The Lady in New Mexico gave me the gift of being able to call and check up on my husband so I wouldn't be so worried. I think they were God way of helping us in our time of need.
@rckayla09 (113)
• United States
7 Nov 08
That sounds just like something President-elect Obama would do :) Thanks for this info; I hadn't read that on Urban Legends and I do get David Emery's newsletter! In answer to your question: yes I have gone out of my way to help a stranger on numerous occasions. I've helped with money (when I had it to give) by giving to the homeless and those in need, by calling the police when an elderly woman fell on the sidewalk and broke her wrist, and in many other different incidents I can't think of just now. Yes a stranger has helped me too. Although there were many times a stranger helped me also, there is one incident I'm remembering now where I ran out of gas on the parkway and, after stopping to ask me if I needed help, the stranger drove to the nearest gas station to get me gas and came back to my car to put the gas in the car's tank. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of that man who helped me. But I like to think of him, and all the strangers who have helped me, as God's angels :)
@winterose (39898)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
excellent examples my friend.
• United States
7 Nov 08
Thanks my dear friend :) I just wish I could remember the other times I was either helped by a stranger or I helped a stranger... Despite some people being negative, hateful and cynical, human beings are basically good and kind and will 'instinctual' help another.
• United States
9 Nov 08
Yes I am guilty of random acts of kindness, but not 103 dollars worth. But If I had the money, I hope I would do the same.
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@winterose (39898)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
I think we all do what we can afford and that is the main thing
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
8 Nov 08
I have gone out of my way to help a stranger but I do not recall it ever happening for me. If it did, I just do not remember it.
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@winterose (39898)
• Canada
8 Nov 08
probably if you think hard enough you can find at least one example of the kindness of strangers, like somebody holding the door for you, or carrying your packages to the car, any little thing.
• United States
8 Nov 08
Thanks Winterose! For posting something nice about Obama :)
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@winterose (39898)
• Canada
8 Nov 08
your welcome, after all he is the next president and the whole of the usa should unite now and support him.
• United States
7 Nov 08
That was very nice but it was 20 years ago and people change. He did not even meet his wife Michelle until 1989. (Wonder what Mary looked like). This "man" did NOT meet someone from as far away as Norway!! She is an American and she and her whole family voted for Obama and donated to his campaign.
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@winterose (39898)
• Canada
8 Nov 08
the story was reported in a norway newspaper, does it matter that it was 20 years ago, a good act is a good act,