Four months later Cantu received a reply — from first lady Michelle Obama.
“When I saw the address on the letter said it was from the White House, I couldn’t wait to open it,” Cantu recalled. “Then when I saw it was from the president of the United States, I was very excited.”
Cantu said she mailed the congratulations card to President Obama in mid-November, shortly after he was elected to office.
“I wanted to wish him the best and congratulate him for being the 44th president,” recalled Cantu, 65. “I just wanted to give him a little praise and glory that he deserves.”
Cantu also told the new president she was optimistic he would bring about great and exciting changes and make the country and world a better place to live.
The first lady also told Cantu she could help make the country a better place to live by volunteering in her own community.
Cantu said she never expected a response.
“I was surprised to get a reply,” she said. “I thought the president would be too busy to respond, but he did, at least his wife, the first lady, responded for him.”
Here’s what Mrs. Obama wrote:
Thank you for your kind note. As our family continues to get settled into life in the White House, it has meant so much to receive warm wishes like yours. Please know how much we appreciate your support.
The President and I share your hopes and optimism for what lies ahead for our country at this important moment in our history. And so, in the spirit of many generations of Americans whose labor and service made our Nation great, I encourage you to find a way to strengthen our country by serving your community. Your continued engagement is vital as we move forward together.
Thank you again for your thoughtful words. I wish all the best for you and those closest to you.
Cantu had the letter framed.