Editor's Note: President Barack Obama has asked anyone with ideas about how to run the government to speak up. I try not to shirk my responsibilities, so here’s today’s letter to the White House.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Wow! When I wrote yesterday I was worried about how long it would take for you and your team to figure things out in Oval Office-land, but you certainly haven’t wasted any time: Orders about prisoners in Guantanamo, reviews of Iraq and Afghanistan, promises of more transparency in government, and new rules about lobbying.
You’ve been busy. I spent ten minutes deciding on a tuna wrap for lunch.
And seriously, you even took the oath of office again? I suppose it is better to be safe than sorry, but seems like you have enough to do without that. BTW: Did you know Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur also had to redo the oath?
Anyway, now frankly I’m wondering if you ought to pace yourself. It’s great to come out of the gate strong, but trust me: I’ve watched some relatively young presidents grow old awfully fast in that job. Have you seen that computer program of how you might look in four years? I don’t know if it’s accurate, but I do know it’s not pretty.
So you’ve asked for the public’s advice, that’s mine for today: Slow down a little. Stop and smell the rose garden. Sit at your desk, breath slowly, think of the little things that make you happy.
I suspect the big things will be driving the pace up again soon.
Call when you can.
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