On November 2, 1988, Mary Mentha Andersen was 31 years old and had just married the Norwegian Dag Andersen. She was flying to her new home in Norway, but there was a big problem: The clerk at the airline ticket counter in Miami told her she had to pay $103 to ship her two pieces of luggage — which contained all of her worldly possessions — onto the flight. And that was money she just didn’t have.
She was on the brink of despair when a total stranger stepped in and said: "I’ll pay for her." A gratefully relieved Mary got his name and address and promised to pay him back once she was in Norway, which she did.
That stranger? A young Barack Obama, who himself wasn’t exactly rich at the time.
When Obama became a senator and first announced his plans to run for president, Mary wrote to him to thank him again for his kindness at the Miami airport that day. He sent her a gracious reply, which is shown in the photo accompanying the article on this story done by the Norwegian newspaper VG.
As the smears against Obama start to fly, I thought it was important to help get this story out to American audiences.
(BTW: Attaturk broke this on FDL before I did. Give him some Digg love, if you could. Thanks!)