Obama calls moms to wish them a happy Mother’s Day

Washington CNN —  

It’s not the voice you’d expect to hear on the other end of the phone.

“Hi. This is Barack Obama. Your President.”

In celebration of Mother’s Day weekend, Obama surprised three mothers with individual phone calls this to wish them a Happy Mother’s Day, according to a White House official.

The mothers, from Minnesota, Arizona and Florida, had all written the President letters over the course of the year.

“I know how tough it is to raise kids and do right by them, and if it hadn’t been for my mother, I certainly wouldn’t be here,” Obama said on a phone call with one of the mothers, referring to his own mother, Ann Dunham, who passed away in 1995. “You are doing the most important work there is.”

Stephanie Tarr, a waitress from Coon Rapids, Minnesota and mother of two boys, was one of the mothers to receive a phone call. She wrote to the President to thank the first family for what they do “each day for our country and normal families like us throughout America,” according to a White House official’s description of the letter, which included mentions of the minimum wage and affordable preschool as issues most important to her.

“Not uh … no way,” Stephanie Tarr responded as she was greeted with the President’s voice, seemingly in disbelief who was on the other end of the phone.

“It’s me! Give me a test,” the President replied. “Ask me about anything,”