TX single mom's 'Thanks a lot, Obama' letter goes viral

POSTED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 3:49pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 6:31pm

TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — A single mother in the small town of Palmer, Texas, about an hour and 45 minutes west of Tyler, has written a "Thank you letter," to President Barack Obama.

Yolanda Burroughs-Vestal, posted a letter to the president on her Facebook page, not knowing it would gain the national attention it has.

Burroughs-Vestal, a mother of two, blasts the president for being out of touch with the average American, not having to struggle to pay bills and "Obamacare."

The following is the letter that has been shared tens of thousands of times on the world wide web:

Dear President Obama,

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all you have done and are doing. You see I am a single Mom located in the very small town of Palmer, Texas. I live in a small rental house with my two children. I drive an older car that I pray daily runs just a little longer. I work at a mediocre job bringing home a much lower paycheck than you or your wife could even imagine living on. I have a lot of concerns about the new “Obamacare” along with the taxes being forced on us Americans and debts you are adding to our country. I have a few questions for you Mr. President.

Have you ever struggled to pay your bills? I have.

Have you ever sat and watched your children eat and you eat what was left on their plates when they were done, because there wasn’t enough for you to eat to? I have.

Have you ever had to rob Peter to pay Paul, and it still not be enough? I have.

Have you ever been so sick that you needed to see a doctor and get medicine, but had no health insurance because it was too expensive? I have.

Have you ever had to tell your children no, when they asked for something they needed? I have.

Have you ever patched holes in pants, glued shoes, replaced zippers, because it was cheaper than buying new? I have.

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

Have you ever cried yourself to sleep, because you had no clue how you were going to make ends meet? I have.

My questions could go on and on. I don’t believe you have a clue what Americans are actually going through and honestly, I don’t believe you care. Not everyone lives extravagantly. While your family takes expensive trips that cost more than most of us make in two-four years, there are so many of us that suffer. Yet, you are doing all you can to add to the suffering. I think you are a very selfish and cold hearted man, who does not care what is best for the people he was elected by (not by me) to represent, but more so out for the glory of your name attached to history. So thank you Mr. President, thank you for pushing those of us that are barely staying afloat completely under water and driving America into the ground. You have made your mark in history, as the absolute worst and most hated president of the United States. God have mercy on your soul!


Yolanda Vestal

Average American


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Dear Yolanda, If you are in fact doing all of these things... then why are you complaining to the guy who is attempting to get you affordable healthcare, living wages, and social programs that people can't abuse so the people that need it (you) can actually use it? I your actions since Obama has been president have resulted in you being put in the position your in now... I would wager you've been in this positions since the Bush administration... and it's not his fault either.

She must be getting some bad info. Sounds like she would qualify for the subsidy to cover her health care if she's that bad off. If she'd written this letter to a GOP Prez, she'd be called a welfare queen, told to quit having kids by so many daddies and told to pull herself up by her bootstraps. I hope she gets the help..and the education she needs.

Be willin' to bet there's at least one letter like this going viral out of every state in the Union. And for every letter, there are many thousands more who feel those letters speak for them. And this man brazenly stands there and LIES about what he promised, when there is SOUNDBITE AFTER SOUNDBITE PROVING IT. THIS is the kind of person he is. And the other day people were CHEERING his lies. These are the kinds of people who support him. We have m

Dear Yolanda Vestal,
I am sorry that you are struggling right now. Being a single mom who is raising two kids is a difficult job without having to worry about finances. You are to be commended for the job that you are doing because it can’t be easy being a single parent. President Obama should know this situation well because his mother was a single parent trying to raise two kids. That being said, I have to ask you why you are biting the hand that is trying to feed you and your family?

AMEEEEEEEEEEEEN SISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!! May GOD be your provider and your children NEVER have to continue under poverty! May He bless them with opportunities to rise up & out of financial hardships. May God's grace be all over you for having the guts to say what's right. In the Name of Jesus, Lord BLESS Yolanda & her children.

I am confused. I am a Republican and support the GOP on most issues, especially fiscal. But what does this woman mean exactly?? People in her tax bracket get endless handouts from this administration. This letter does not make sense and it sounds like she is unsure of exactly what she is upset about.

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