President Obama will visit Flint, Michigan, this week as the city continues to grapple with the fallout from its ongoing water crisis. The presidential visit comes just after the first public hearing into racism and its role in the Flint water crisis was held this past Thursday.
As reported by CNN, it was a letter from an 8-year old girl that drew President Obama to make the trip in person. Mariyanna Copeny wrote to the president, calling herself "Little Miss Flint" and President Obama replied in the form of a letter posted to Medium, where he answered the little girl directly. He told Mariyanna that he would meet with her personally in Flint on May 4 during his tour. Parts of Mariyanna's letter are quoted by CNN.
"I will be riding a bus to Washington, D.C. to watch the congressional hearings of our Governor Rick Snyder. I know this is probably an odd request, but I would love for a chance to meet you or your wife."