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February 29th, 2012
09:05 AM ET

Letters to the President #1136: 'The angry Americans'

Reporter's Note: I have written a letter to President Obama on every day since he was inaugurated. This is another one.

Dear Mr. President,

One of my favorite sayings and guiding principles in life is this: Beware the fury of a patient man. There are plenty of folks in this world who will put up with an awful lot. They will endure insults and inconveniences. They will suffer losses and fools. They will remain hopeful for a long time in hopeless circumstances, and they will forgive trespasses over and over again. But when they reach the end of the line, watch out.

I mention this, because I’m out here in Ohio as I write this, and there are plenty of patient folks out here…whose patience is running out. They are tired of unfulfilled economic promises. They are tired of DC types from both parties who waste time on political positioning and posturing, trying to finagle votes, while the nation burns. They are sick to death of Washington being so interested in itself…and so uninterested in them.

I’m not laying all this at your doorstep. Like I said, their fury is bipartisan.

My point, however, is that you ignore that fury at your peril. Same goes for the Republican contenders.

Sure, some die hard Democrats want you to win re-election; some die hard Republicans can’t stand the idea. But I am truly convinced that there are large numbers of folks out here who don’t care who is in the White House next, as long as that person can break the gridlock, deal with the economy, and make it clear that he is concerned about the state of the nation ahead of the state of his career.

And woe unto the candidate who makes them angrier.

Just a few thoughts to keep in mind. Having a very nice time with the good folks at Ohio State. Have you made any speeches here? I can’t recall. Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom

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