A Converse girl is hoping to complete a dream come true — meeting the President of the United States, face to face, when he visits San Antonio next week.
Sidney Stubbs, 10, saw part of her dream fulfilled recently when she wrote a letter to, then received a response from, the White House.
The soon-to-be fifth grader said she was compelled to write after seeing a news story in April about some less than favorable ratings President Obama had received in a survey.
"My mom and dad and my aunt and uncle, they always pay attention to these things and I'm always listening," Sidney explained. “I wrote to him to show him that he was doing a good job and we were really proud of him."
While usually a soft spoken pre-teen, Sidney had a lot to say in writing. Only the first time she attempted to mail her letter, it was returned.
“I forgot to put a stamp and address on it, " she said with a sheepish grin.
With help from her father, though, she was able to get the letter on its way.
Then she waited -- and waited — checking her mailbox every day for weeks, hoping for a reply.
"She's always going to mailbox and I said, 'What are you doing?' She said, 'Oh, I want to see if the President wrote me back,'” said her aunt, Marva Kemp. “I said, 'Sidney, I don't know. The President is a busy man.'"
Kemp said the entire family was surprised when, about two weeks ago, a manila envelope was hand delivered to their door, bearing the return address of the White House.
“We were all excited. We called everyone we know,” Kemp said. "We're proud of her because she is really a smart girl. Both her and her brother."
With that part of her dream complete, Sidney now holds onto the hope of one day meeting the President Obama, who is scheduled to visit the Alamo City next Tuesday.
The President will attend two fundraisers, including a downtown luncheon with tickets starting at $250. Kemp said the family would love nothing better than for Sidney to attend the event.