Cancer Patient Trades Note From Obama For Cash

The Internet company AOL relaunched its website Tuesday with a video of President Obama encouraging Americans to vote. Like Obama, AOL suffered setbacks and is looking for another way forward. That's also true for Jennifer Cline, who wrote a letter to Obama about how she'd lost her job and had cancer. Obama replied with a handwritten note assuring, "Things will get better." They have, in a sense: Cline sold the note for $7,000.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

On this Election Day, today's last word in business involves President Obama.

The Internet company AOL re-launched its homepage this morning with a video from a special guest.

President BARACK OBAMA: Hi, this is Barack Obama. You've got a chance to change your community and your country. All you have to do is vote.

INSKEEP: AOL, like the president, has suffered some setbacks and is looking for another way forward.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

That was also true for a woman who wrote a letter to the president. Jennifer Cline wrote that she lost her job and her health care during the past administration, then she got cancer.

INSKEEP: President Obama replied with a handwritten note on White House stationery. The note says: Things will get better. And they have, in a sense. Ms. Cline sold the president's note to an autograph dealer for $7,000.

MONTAGNE: And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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