Texas mom speaks out about viral letter to Obama: ‘I’m one of millions’

Yolanda VestalA Texas single mom whose “thank you” letter to President Obama went viral was merely venting the frustrations of many Americans struggling to pay bills in a down economy, she told BizPac Review.

“Sometimes I’m at the store, and I may have $25 worth of groceries to get through the week,” Yolanda Burroughs Vestal said. “Then you see the person in front of you with nicer things and more food, and they’re swiping the EBT card. It’s hard.”

Vestal attracted the attention of hundreds of thousands of Americans when she wrote a letter “thanking” Obama for forcing Obamacare on hard-working citizens at a time when many are “rob[bing] Peter to pay Paul” just to get by.

She told BizPac Review in an interview Wednesday that she sometimes gets philosophical when writing on Facebook, where she posted the letter.

“It was on my mind I had to pay bills,” Vestal said. “All I could think was, how am I going to make it to the end of the month?”

So she began typing. She needed to vent.

“Have you ever had to put an item or two back at the grocery store, because you didn’t have enough money?” Vestal wrote. “I have.”

A divorced mother of two teenage daughters, Vestal also has a son who lives with his father. While she and her ex-husband work together to do what’s best for their children, Vestal said, the economy has changed, putting a financial strain on both households. She makes too much money to receive assistance, she said, but barely enough to get by.

Vestal said she has been overwhelmed by the support pouring in through her Facebook page. She posted a message – this one of genuine thanks — on her Facebook wall, saying:

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you again to everyone that has liked, shared, and commented about my letter to the president. The kindness and generosity is such a blessing. I rarely log on to my Facebook from a personal computer, but today I did, only to find hundreds of heartfelt messages from my fellow American’s in my archived message box. Please know I am reading and trying to respond to everyone as best as I can. Know your kind words mean so very much and are greatly appreciated. They brought tears to my eyes. I’m not a political buff. I’m just an average American who struggles just like so many others. God bless each and everyone of you. My God, my children, and now the support of so many amazing folks keeps me striving. Pray pray pray…Gods love never fails!

Vestal has received offers of help, but she said she’s not looking for handouts or charity, and that’s not the reason she wrote the letter.

“I’m not worthy,” she said. “I’m one of millions.”

She merely wanted to express her opinion that legislation pushed by the administration in the last few years is hurting people.

“Right is right, wrong is wrong,” she said. “What they’re doing is wrong.”

Vestal said she’s received a few negative comments, and some critics have made assumptions about her and her children. But she said she replies with, “God bless you,” and moves on to the next message.

The president was in Dallas Wednesday night for two campaign fundraisers – including a private dinner that commanded as much as $32,000 per plate, according to the Dallas News.

“One plate for dinner is equal to a year’s salary for some of us,” Vestal said.

See also: Texas single mom’s ‘thanks a lot’ letter to Obama goes viral

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek


186 thoughts on “Texas mom speaks out about viral letter to Obama: ‘I’m one of millions’

  1. ralph says:

    The government is borrowing money now becoause it does not have the money to pay the bills and the countries they are borrowing from are cutting what we can get. they have started cutting the food stamp program and nothing else in response to this action, How long do you think the government can feed you with out borrowed money. America try to grow up a little the senior Muslim is in the white house

  2. Sam says:

    She appears to have been a young mom, and based off her grammar, a choice was made between working now or getting an education and working later. She should go back to school and apply for scholarships to pay for an education to get out of her mediocre job. I know of others who work two jobs, take online courses, and have children. I’m not saying it’s easy, but if she wants things to change, she needs to do it herself. The government was made to govern and protect. It never said we were entitled to handouts and there is no justification to blaming one individual. Most struggling homes are going to struggle even further. Obama was trying to get citizens health care and in California, I’ve heard of patients thankful to obtain it. If any one could research on how many times Obama has tried to pass bills for the US, you’d be surprised one of them was supported by the Republican party and they decided to turn their cheek to it because allowing it would make Obama look good. He’s a great man, and I find letters like this disrespectful towards him as an individual when he means to do better for those who need it.

    And a lot of replies on here are completely off topic. I don’t understand how bringing Reagan into this justifies any reasons.

  3. forrest says:

    I am not beholding to KING OBAMA for my great big amount of $39.00 in food stamps I get every month.
    You see I am a Senior Citizen and I pay for everything just like you do on a little over $1,000.00 a month which is rent, utilities, health insurance, medicine ( and that includes medicine for Diabetes ), and household needs. I do not have a car because I do not have enough left at the beginning of the month to pay the down payment or the insurance on it let alone the monthly payments.
    So as you can see that great big $39.00 in food stamps the I get every month which is about to be cut yet again is not much help to me with the increased food prices (here a gallon of milk is .50 cheaper than a gallon of gas) really goes a long ways but it does help.
    Any extra money left over after I pay my bills goes for food and transportation.

  4. NR1500 says:

    What does this woman do for a living? I get it – she has 4 kids and blah blah blah, woe is me. All I hear is complaining. Sounds like she doesn’t have a very well paying job, period. Here’s a solution for everyone in the same rut: go to school or learn a trade that is in DEMAND and USEFUL. Be smart. There are a lot of jobs open for those with actual skillsets, trust me. IT, medical field, logistics. The world is changing and with change comes a need for new set of professionals. You cannot blame Obama for a profession YOU chose. I don’t get how everyone can be so supportive of the “I’m such a victim” attitude.

  5. not a puppet says:

    not a puppet
    there was another politian in history that told his people he was going to make their country the greatest in the WORLD,,, first he took away their guns,, then he took away their right to religious freedom,, then he put them in the gutter,,, his name was “ADOLPH HITLER”

  6. not a puppet says:

    also remember it was the DEMOCROOKS that started the whole welfare fiasco and made it a career move to live off the system and the backs of the ones that work hard for what they have,, and get more and more taken away from them everyday,, ,, WHY ????? let them get off their lazy a$$ and earn what they are entitled too . WHY ARE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS GIVEN TO OTHER COUNTRIES (that pretend to be our friends) ????? the dollars that should be spent on getting this country back to where it used to be ?????

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