For those who need a recap in March Mari wrote a letter to Obama to share that she was heading to D.C. to watch the congressional hearings where Gov. Snyder would be testifying about the water crisis that had affected her and her peers. She wanted to meet Obama and his wife — she wanted to see Gov. Snyder.
What an honor to meet Little Miss Flint today!— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) May 12, 2016
Thanks for visiting and for the kind note, Mari! pic.twitter.com/monxTZuB4f
While Gov. Snyder has made overtures they have been largely criticized for lacking intention and weight. His 30-day Flint Water Challenge, which he promptly backed out of to go to Europe, for example, felt goofy and disingenuous. A PR-move if anything.
Mari appears to be no different.
Not that Snyder has proved himself to be the most adept at understanding the pulse of the people, but did no one around bring up the fact that the reason Mari wrote in the first place was to say 'hey, I'm riding a bus for hours to hopefully witness someone (aka Snyder) be held accountable for the tragic actions taken against my city'?
Or maybe, 'hey dude, PICK ANOTHER KID. Stop riding on the coattails of Obama's positive PR move and invite oh, I don't know, one of the other thousands of poisoned children who have been affected by lead tainted water under your watch.'
And why now? Why is this one child suddenly worth your screen time? Because from how her "kind note" reads, it seems the most memorable part of her meeting with you was an iPad and hot dogs.