U.S. President Barack Obama has written personal checks to Americans in need who have written to their president in person, according to a new book by Eli Saslow. Earlier this year, former senior adviser David Axelrod told journalists Obama is reading several letters sent to the White House every day in order to be in touch with real problems and life of the average Americans. He has sent personal checks to people in trouble many times the author of the book “Ten Letters” claims, although it is unclear how the money reach their recipients – directly, through a lawyer, or anonymously to the recipient’s bank account.
Barack Obama revealed he sometimes does not possess the tools to help some people who write to him personally, while behind every personal story that he reads in a letter may lie thousands of others where average Americans experience the same kind of problems, according to the book. “So there are times when I’m reading the letters and I feel pained that I can’t do more, faster, to make a difference in their lives,” Obama told Saslow.
Obama admitted he had written several personal checks to struggling citizens or made a phone call to be sure the issue will be resolved fast. The U.S. President responds personally to two or three letters sent to him every day.