President to meet with Minneapolis mom 'Rebekah'


President Barack Obama is making a trip to Minneapolis Thursday, where he's expected to meet with a Minneapolis mother who wrote a letter that inspired him to launch a series of national conversations about strengthening the middle class, according to reports.

In a YouTube video that was released Monday, Obama read her letter out loud, which details her middle-class struggles, like keeping pace with the cost of living and affording child care, the Star Tribune says.

Obama chose to highlight Rebekah's story because it represents the experiences of millions of Americans, the White House says. Obama will meet with Rebekah, whose last name hasn't been released, while he's in Minnesota, which will kick off the first in a series of "day-in-the-life" visits across the country this summer, Politico reports.

White House officials announced details for Obama's trip to Minnesota Tuesday, saying he'll host a town hall event Thursday at Minnehaha Park and an economic policy speech at the Lake Harriet Bandshell Friday, the Associated Press reports.

The town hall event is open to invited guests, the AP says. Tickets to Friday's speech will be distributed Wednesday starting at 12 p.m. at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, the Star Tribune reports. The newspaper says a limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Obama will also be in town to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic Party. He's also expected to show support for the state's action to increase minimum wage.

It's not yet known if he will visit the flood-damaged areas of the state, KFGO reports.

Ahead of his trip to Minnesota, Obama held a "Summit on Working Families" at the White House Monday, where he detailed steps to help hardworking families get ahead.

"Too often these issues are thought of as women's issues, which I guess means you can kind of scoot them aside a little bit. ... Anything that makes life harder for women, makes life harder for families, and makes life harder for children," Obama said at the summit, MSNBC reports.

Obama's last trip to Minnesota was in February when he announced a national transportation initiative at Union Depot in St. Paul.

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