Remember Henrietta Hughes, the lady who attended President Obama’s rally in Fort Myers, FL on Tuesday? She cried to Obama during the rally that she was living out of her car and had no one helping her out. In typical Messiah fashion, no sooner did she mention this that she ends up getting a place to call home – rent free – in the nearby town of LaBelle, courtesy of Florida State Representative Nick Thompson’s wife, Chene.
The story sounded a little fishy at first. I mean, the lady cries to the President of the United States, and voila, here comes a home falling from the sky? What about other people who are equally in need but are still homeless. Who helps them? When will their home fall from the sky?
Well, it appears that this may not be what it seems. WINK-TV in Fort Myers is reporting that Ms. Hughes may not be telling the entire story.
Hughes told President Obama on Tuesday she’s been living in a car and she can’t get any help. But WINK News found an agency who says they offered Hughes an apartment not even three weeks ago.
We’re indeed living in strange and different times, folks.
UPDATE 1137 AM 2/13: Drudge links to updated WINK article which has Ms. Hughes sticking to her side of the story:
WINK News Reporter Nick Spinetto went back to talk to Tanya Johnson and she stands by her story.
Henrietta Hughes says she’s never taken advantage of the system and doesn’t choose to be homeless. Like other programs she’s tried to get help from,she says We Care couldn’t meet her needs.
State Representative Nick Thompson and his wife Chene are standing by the Henrietta and her son, Corey. They spoke out against the allegations Henrietta is milking the system, even when confronted with the fact WINK News found out the Hughes’ sold property, back in 2005. Henrietta and her son sold the land for $47,000 dollars. But Chene Thompson says that was all the money they had for several years and it’s gone.
“They have nothing today. They need help today. They didn’t need help in 2005. They need help today. So whether they had $47,000 or $147,000 in 2005, it doesn’t matter. They don’t have any money today,” she said.
The Thompson’s say they are sad Henrietta has to defend herself against these allegations and they will continue to help her. They also hope it doesn’t deter other people from helping.