Woman sells hand-signed letter from Obama

Nov. 2, 2010 at 7:20 PM
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MONROE, Mich., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman sold a letter she received from President Obama in response to her tale of financial woe because she's still unemployed and needed the money.

Jennifer Cline, 28, of Monroe, was emotional about her decision to sell the letter for $7,000 to New York autograph collector Gary Zimet, who said he intends to turn around and sell the document on his Web site, asking a price of $18,000, the Detroit News reported Tuesday.

"This will get us through the winter. I feel bad that we had to do this," said her husband, Jason Cline, 30, a swimming pool repairman.

Cline, a former pharmacy technician and mother of two, lost her job in 2007. She no longer has unemployment benefits and is in remission from melanoma and basal skin cancer.

An Obama supporter, she sent a three-page, handwritten letter to the president, detailing her situation.

"Since I lost my job I have been on over 40 interviews and filled out 100s of applications and haven't yet landed a job," she penned Dec. 13, 2009.

"I know times are tough, but knowing there are folks like you and your husband gives me confidence that things will keep getting better!" Obama replied in a two-sentence, hand-signed letter that became famous.

"She was broken up and cried over her decision. She wanted to keep it more than anybody will understand. It made her year," said Jason Cline.

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