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Friday, November 14, 2008

An Amazing Story To Share.....

Oct 05, 2008

The Norwegian newspaper VG has reported a truly amazing story about a
newly-wed trying to get to Norway to be with her husband, and the
stranger who helped pay an unexpected luggage surcharge.

The blog "Leisha's Random Thoughts" has translated the story.

It was 1988, and Mary Andersen was at the Miami airport checking in for
a long flight to Norway to be with her husband when the airline
representative informed her that she wouldn't be able to check her
luggage without paying a 100 dollars surcharge:

When it was finally Mary's turn, she got the message that would crush
her bubbling feeling of happiness.

-You'll have to pay a 103 dollar surcharge if you want to bring both
those suitcases to Norway , the man behind the counter said.

Mary had no money. Her new husband had travelled ahead of her to Norway,
and she had no one else to call.

-I was completely desperate and tried to think which of my things I
could manage without. But I had already made such a careful selection of
my most prized possessions, says Mary.

As tears streamed down her face, she heard a "gentle and friendly voice"
behind her saying, "That's okay, I'll pay for her." Mary turned around
to see a tall man whom she had never seen before.

-He had a gentle and kind voice that was still firm and decisive. The
first thing I thought was, Who is this man?

Although this happened 20 years ago, Mary still remembers the authority
that radiated from the man.

-He was nicely dressed, fashionably dressed with brown leather shoes, a
cotton shirt open at the throat and khaki pants, says Mary.

She was thrilled to be able to bring both her suitcases to Norway and
assured the stranger that he would get his money back. The man wrote his
name and address on a piece of paper that he gave to Mary. She thanked
him repeatedly. When she finally walked off towards the security
checkpoint, he waved goodbye to her.

Who was the man?
Barack Obama !!

Twenty years later, she is thrilled that the friendly stranger at the
airport may be the next President and has voted for him already and
donated 100 dollars to his campaign:

-He was my knight in shining armor, says Mary, smiling.

She paid the 103 dollars back to Obama the day after she arrived in
Norway. At that time he had just finished his job as a poorly paid
community worker* in Chicago, and had started his law studies at
prestigious Harvard university. Mary even convinced her parents to vote
for him:

In the spring of 2006 Mary's parents had heard that Obama was
considering a run for president, but that he had still not decided. They
chose to write a letter in which they told him that he would receive
their votes. At the same time, they thanked Obama for helping their
daughter 18 years earlier.

And Obama replied:
In a letter to Mary's parents dated May 4th, 2006 and stamped 'United
States Senate, Washington DC ', Barack Obama writes:

'I want to thank you for the lovely things you wrote about me and
for reminding me of what happened at Miami airport. I'm happy I could
help back then, and I'm delighted to hear that your daughter is happy in
Norway. Please send her my best wishes.
Sincerely, Barack Obama , United States Senator'.

The parents sent the letter on to Mary.

Mary says that when her friends and associates talk about the election,
especially when race relations is the heated subject, she relates the
story of the kind man who helped out a stranger-in-need over twenty
years ago, years before he had even thought about running for high
office.

Truly a wonderful story, and something that needs to be passed along in
the maelstorm of fear-and-smear politics we are being subjected to right
now.

UPDATE:
Thanks for the recommends, folks! Also, remember this was 1988, when
100 dollars was quite a bit of money, compared to today's value.

amazing huh??? i wish all of our politicians will do the same...some might have done it quitely and some will do it and let the whole world know about it by publishing it on papers.....:D

23 comments:

Angel said...

He's the man allright!

Lets wait for all the changes and hope it'll do us good ......

waliz said...

yeah azra..hope the world will be a better and peaceful place to live..i hate WAR!!!!

etomyam said...

same with ours?...heh heh, in our dream....we are still holding I'M YOUR LEADER, I'M YOUR BOSS, THOUGH YOU"RE THE ONE WHO ELECT ME BUT I'M THE BOSS RIGHT NOW SO LISTEN TO ME OR.......he he he

waliz said...

americans also have their dream..and it comes true after 400 years...it might not happen now but later for our next generation...so keep on dreaming etomyam...hehehe!

dah prepare nak sambung belajar nih?

mauniejames3 said...

waliz...what a lovely story but I am not surprised at all...he is a good and kind man and I can see him helping a stranger...yup, he is the man...he got my vote and I have faith in him...please let him end these wars.

waliz said...

hi maunie..i'm so glad to see u again...and u vote for him too??? i really pity the reluctant soldiers who leave their family in the name of war...hope they can go back soon and be able to mingle wth their beloved one...

take care maunie...:D

Rolando said...

That's an awesome story Waliz! You can't fake generosity and kindness like that. I'm glad that he's our new president elect.

Debo Hobo said...

That is a fantastic story...which brings to fruition the bible verse about "give and it shall be given back to you in good measure pressed down and running over...."

Obama surely has reaped what he has sewed

Faisal Admar said...

oh this is truly amazing. have you read about YB Perak's story? about him helping people at the highway?

waliz said...

hi rolando..
glad to see u here...eventhought obama is your new elected president but i was happy to have him too...

waliz said...

hi debo hobo,
welcome to my place...i agree wth u, we should give while we can and dont expect any reward because the reward will come in the other way..unexpectedly...thank u.

waliz said...

hi faisal,
i not yet about him..where can i get the details? must be nice to read...

happy sunday!

U.Lee said...

Hi Waliz, wow, thats a beautiful story. And HE got repaid back in spades too....one good deed always leads to better ones....Jan 20th he becomes the President of USA. Fantastic, huh?

Waliz, if free pop over, got something for you.
Have a nice day, Lee.

Ismail N said...

Nice story. It reminds me 4 years ago when I and my 1 year-old daughter missed our plane to KK because I had to pay the surcharge for extra baggage. The surcharge counter was quite far from the checkin-in counter and there are few people quing up to make payments as well. I knew that I was late and since the gate are quite far, I carried my daughter and run. We reached the gate 2 minutes after it has been closed but we were not allowed to board the plane. We took the next plane and reached KK 2 hour after our baggage. No Obama though, to save us. :)

waliz said...

hi u.lee..
must be something special..i will come and get it soon...!

waliz said...

ismail...
i feel bad when i hear your story...the officer incharged must be very strict or maybe just doing his job...i hope it will never happen again...and pity your daughter had to go through all the hassle...yes no obama to help..just too bad...sigh.

Ismail N said...

Got nothing agaist the officer. Like u said, he merely doing his job. I just can't understand, why I can't pay the surcharge at the checkin counter? We would hv not missed the plane had they do that, we might not even need to run at all. Well that's are just the past. I hold no grudge against anybone. It makes good bed time story for my children & children's children. Cheers!

Fisol said...

hai waliz,

nice story..thanks for sharing...

Hope he'll not CHANGE after becoming the US president..

waliz said...

i hope so too myfisol...:D

waliz said...

ismail,
i think the story will be a memorable one to both of u..maybe it can make u and your daughter bond together...?

bluecrystaldude said...

I read a lot about Obama, and this story is one of the best. Thanks for sharing Waliz :)

I watch Obama's victory speech and suddenly, I think off Obama not only as US President, but the world's leader :D

waliz said...

hi bluecrystaldude...i hope he can be the world leader as well..why not? as long as he promotes peace and no discrimination unto others...:D

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