The Story the White House Was Dreading Would Get Out

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The sillouette of US President Barack Obama is seen as he reviews the honour guard during the welcoming ceremony  at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on March 19, 2011. Obama is on a two-day visit to Brazil as part of a tour that includes Chile and El Salvador. AFP PHOTO/Pedro SANTANA (Photo credit should read PEDRO SANTANA/AFP/Getty Images)
The sillouette of US President Barack Obama is seen as he reviews the honour guard during the welcoming ceremony at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on March 19, 2011. Obama is on a two-day visit to Brazil as part of a tour that includes Chile and El Salvador. AFP PHOTO/Pedro SANTANA (Photo credit should read PEDRO SANTANA/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: AFP/2011 AFP

President Obama has been known to write personal checks to and make phone calls on behalf of hard-up Americans who write letters to the White House, reveals a new book by a Washington Post reporter. "It's not something I should advertise, but it has happened," Obama told author Eli Saslow. Just promise you won't include that in your book. Ruinous.[WP]