Springfield Gardens, NY
February 3, 2010
Dear President Obama,
Congratulations on the awesome job that you are doing as President of this great country. Please continue to forge ahead with your plan and do not get distracted by the naysayers.
I am praying that your adversaries from both the left and right will unite and reach a mutual understanding that we are all in the same 'boat' and must do everything that we can to make this country viable again.
My name is Yvonne Williams and I am a naturalized American citizen from the island of Jamaica. My son Jonathan Ricketts is a sophomore at Columbia University pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is the youngest of four and the first slated to graduate from college.
Jonathan is a remarkable young man; he worked diligently throughout High School and was accepted at three Ivy League Universities and chose to attend Columbia. His grades were very good for the first semester; however, since then he seems to have lost his drive and was recently placed on academic probation. His father and I got divorced last September and the breakup of the family has affected him a lot more than I thought.
President Obama, I am aware of how very busy you are right now. However, as President of the United States and a Columbia University alumnus, I am respectfully soliciting your assistance in reaching out to Jonathan with a few words of encouragement and inspiration that could hopefully help him regain his focus. I have spoken to him at length about the importance of a solid education and have had several family members and a pastor (co-worker) speak to him also.
I would really appreciate any gesture that you could extend to help me save my son, because I truly believe that he has the potential to rise above what is happening currently.
Please extend my best regards to your family.