U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Maryanna Copeny of Flint, Michigan, age 8, after speaking at Northwest High School about the Flint water contamination crisis on May 4, 2016 in Flint, Michigan

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Maryanna Copeny of Flint, Michigan, age 8, after speaking at Northwest High School about the Flint water contamination crisis on May 4, 2016 in Flint, Michigan

*Before President Obama made headlines drinking filtered water in Flint, Michigan yesterday, he had a touching moment with Mari Copeny, an 8-year-old girl known around town as “Little Miss Flint.”

Mari had written to POTUS about her city’s water situation and the health crisis it has caused in her community.

“I am one of the children that is effected[sic] by this water, and I’ve been doing my best to march in protest and to speak out for all the kids that live here in Flint,” Mari wrote. “This Thursday I will be riding a bus to Washington, D.C. to watch the congressional hearings of our Governor Rick Snyder. I know this is probably an odd request but I would love for a chance to meet you or your wife.”

On April 25, the president wrote her back to say he was coming to Flint on May 4.

“Letters from kids like you are what make me so optimistic for the future,” he wrote. “I hope to meet you next week ‘Little Miss Flint.’”

On May 4, Mari literally ran into her president’s arms: