A St. Anthony wife and mother will be seated with the First Lady as Pres. Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Tuesday.
USA Today reports that Rebekah Erler will be among her 22 special guests, including former Cuba prisoner Alan Gross and astronaut Scott Kelly. They also include students, educators, health care officials and recipients, government officials, and a wounded veteran who fought in Afghanistan. "The invitees symbolize some of the themes of Obama's speech," the newspaper said.
Erler, 36, wrote to the president to tell him about how her family had struggled when the housing market collapsed and her husband's construction business went under.
This is not Erler's first connection to the president. WCCO reported that Erler, who is an accountant and the mother of two sons, met with him during his two-day visit to Minneapolis last June. The two had lunch at Matt's Bar.
The station reported that Erler contacted the president last March when she was frustrated with paying the family's bills.
“That was the moment when I really decided that, like, somebody has to say something about this. This is nuts,” she told the station.
Erler fired off a letter, one of thousands the White House receives every day. It found its way to the President's desk, and months later he sought her out during his visit to Minnesota.
Now a profile of Erler is on the White House blog, which includes an update on how the family's financial situation has improved. Rebekah's husband is now back in the re-modeling industry.
"Her story is one shared by millions of American families, and helps show that too many middle-class families with two working parents are still stretched too thin," it said.