FORT MYERS, Fla. - A woman's hard-luck tale at a town hall meeting in Florida moved President Barack Obama to leave the stage.

When Henrietta Hughes complained she'd been down on her luck and was living in her car with her son, Obama walked to her and gave her a kiss on the cheek. Hughes said she was out of work and homeless, with a small vehicle for her and her family to live in.

A White House press secretary said administration officials asked the local housing authority to contact her after the exchange in Fort Myers.

Meanwhile, the wife of Florida state Representative Nick Thompson offered to let the woman stay in a house she owns that's vacant about 50 kilometres away.

Chene Thompson isn't sure if Hughes will take her up on the offer.

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