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Obama hugs ‘Little Miss Flint’ in visit to city gripped by water crisis

On Wednesday, President Obama traveled to Flint where he met, and hugged, 8-year-old activist Amariyanna Copeny, whose letter is credited with bringing the president to the poor Michigan city. The young girl, who says she’s known around her hometown as “Little Miss Flint,” wrote to Obama to ask if she could meet with him or the first lady while she was visiting Washington D.C. Copeny had been in D.C. to attend Congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis that poisoned the city’s water supply with lead, and to speak on behalf of the children living in Flint. The president responded with his own letter, telling her he would pay her a visit in her hometown.

It was Obama’s first visit to Flint since the city’s water crisis began. He met Wednesday with Governor Rick Snyder, who, along with the rest of his administration, is widely considered culpable for the deterioration of the city’s water supply. Later that day, the president delivered a speech in front of 1,000 people at Northwestern High School, where he pledged to “not rest … until every drop of water that flows to your home is safe to drink.”

Read the full story at USA Today.

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