An 8-year-old Michigan girl, Mari Copeny is making national headlines after writing an email to President Barack Obama about the ongoing Flint water crisis — and now he plans to visit the devastated city.
Amariyanna ” Mari” Copeny emailed the president last week about the issues associated with drinking filtered water. The president responded to her on April 24. The young activist, known as “Little Miss Flint,” will meet the president on May 4 when he visits to witness the water crisis firsthand.
In the clip, Mari says “the water smells of bleach and old fish.” The NBC News reporter asks the young girl who she wants to fix the problem and she answers him bluntly: “I want governor Rick Snyder to [fix it].”
President Obama next week will make his first trip to Flint, Mich; since the city was found to have lead-tainted drinking water, a trip aimed at reassuring residents their plight hasn’t been forgotten and pressuring Congress to approve economic aid, the White House said Wednesday.