Obama Skipping Out of WH to Spend a Day With 'Hardworking Mom'

By Susan Jones | June 24, 2014 | 11:51 AM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - Apparently because he doesn't get out of the White House enough (?) -- or have enough to do? -- President Obama will travel to Minnesota on Thursday to "spend a day with Rebekah," described by the White House as a "hardworking mom from Minneapolis," who wrote to the president to tell him "how much harder it's become to get ahead and do right by her family."

When the president receives letters like Rebekah's, he "makes notes in the margins, and sits down to reply personally," the White House said.

This time, he's made plans to meet with Rebekah -- on Thursday -- to "spend a day in her shoes."

In fact, this is the first in a series of "day-in-the-life" visits that President Obama plans to make across the country this summer.

With all the pressing issues facing the President of the United States -- foreign (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine), domestic (invasion of the southern border, Veterans Affairs dysfunction) and political (IRS targeting, NSA spying) -- he will spend a day with Rebekah -- meeting with her family and community members to discuss the issues that matter to them, hosting a town hall, and talking about "the steps we need to take as a country to help more Americans like Rebekah get ahead."

"I know the President is excited to talk with her -- and Americans like her," White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said in an email announcing the "day-in-the-life" plans on Tuesday.

"So all this summer, he'll meet with folks who've written in to share what their lives are like. He'll be hitting the road and traveling to communities across the country -- sitting around diner booths and kitchen tables to talk about the issues that matter to them."

The White House is urging Americans to "tune in on Thursday as the president travels to Minnesota." It has also prepared a special video showing Obama reading Rebekah's letter and talking about how nice it will be to meet her.

The visit to Rebekah comes one day after the White House held a day-long summit on "working families," at which the president and other administration officials urged the nation's employers to provide paid family and maternity leave, flex time and other benefits.