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August 16th, 2012
09:20 PM ET

Letters to the President #1305: 'Running Ryan ragged'

Reporter's Note: President Obama receives a letter from me every day. 

Dear Mr. President,

So I mentioned yesterday that you ought to invite Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi (the Magnificent Meb, as I call him) to the White House and now runners all over the country are taking up the torch; lighting up Twitter with that refrain. It is well that they should. He is so very deserving of the honor, I hope you don't mind if I keep bringing it up.

In the meantime, on the subject of running, it looks as if your new Republican pal Paul Ryan is getting chased all over the place by the political pooches. Questions are howling around him about his budget views, his stance on entitlements, and his view on stimulus spending, among other matters.

I suppose that is to be expected. You don't jump into that whole Presidential fox hunt without expecting some hounds on your heels.

Still, it gives one pause. Sometimes when the dogs of D.C. get on the scent of someone, I understand why a lot of folks might just be scared away from the whole process...worried about their families, their reputation, their future...heck, you know the drill because you've been through it.

Anyway, suffice to say I have no plans on ever running for anything...except exercise. Ha!

Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom

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