President Obama surprises Florida mother with phone call
Patricia Church 1 of 3 mothers across country Obama called
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Patricia Church, 50, got the surprise of a lifetime when she got a phone call from President Barack Obama wishing her a Happy Mother's Day.
Obama called her Wednesday afternoon while she was working as a utility specialist for the city of Daytona Beach.
"He's on the phone, I'm on the phone. He says, 'It's President Obama,' and I'm like, 'OK,'" said Church. "When he said it was him I said, 'No way,' and he said, 'Yes way.'"
Church, just one of three mothers across the country Obama called, had written him a handwritten letter on the night of the State of the Union Address.
She told Local 6 that she wrote the letter while watching his speech and wanted to express how tough it is to raise children as a single mom living paycheck to paycheck.
"He did most of the talking, and I'm sitting here dumbfounded that I have the president of the United States on the other end of the phone," Church said.
She was so dumbfounded, she put him on speaker phone after her co-workers didn't believe who she was talking to.
Church is a divorced mother of four children and lives in Ormond Beach. Her youngest child is a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune.
Church also works full-time and is finishing up her bachelor's degree in accounting.
"He's telling me how proud he is that I raised four kids as a single parent and wanted to wish me a very happy Mother's Day," said Church.
Obama also thanked Church's son for serving in the military.
"It made me very proud, and I felt he is in touch with us and really does care," Church said.
Church said she'll graduate with her degree sometime next year.
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