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November 13th, 2012
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Letters to the President #1394: 'The scandal grows'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is dealing with a scandal involving the now former head of the CIA and another top military leader. And I thought writing a letter each day was a hassle!

Dear Mr. President,

Well, it can’t be any fun reading all the headlines now. I know it really has nothing to do with you, but anytime someone under your purview gets into trouble it certainly doesn’t help the gang in the home office.

Of course we’re hearing the usual questions: Who knew what? What did they know? When did they know it? And who ordered the pepperoni pizza? I just assume that last question is being asked because when things get all crazy like this you all wind up working some pretty late hours; checking out what people are saying, asking questions about what they’ve said, and mainly waiting for the other shoe to drop.

That’s probably the hardest part.

When things go wrong I prefer to have them all at once. Yes, it is calamitous to have troubles swirling around your heads like a swarm of yellow jackets, but if you endure the attack you can then move on to treating your stings. On the other hand, if they keep coming at you a few at a time, hour after hour, that’s exhausting. And at least at the moment, this whole mess sort of seems that way…as if we’re going to keep getting little bits and pieces of it day after day.

There is a lot of speculation about how this might have affected the election if it had come out before the vote. I suppose it would have had some impact, but heaven knows what. Like I said at the start, it does not really reflect on you except in a very distant way.

Still, when scandal starts rolling through D.C. I understand why everyone starts taking cover, because you’re never really sure when it is going to stop…or where.

Good luck dealing with it all. Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom

soundoff (One Response)
  1. Al Garnier

    It certainly looks as though the global media is more enamoured with the sensationalism of "who's doing who" rather than the important problem of what is being done about the economy (fiscal cliff) and global peace.

    It should be becoming more evident to people like you that you are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. The media have a commitment to the public to promote cooperation among political factions in solving outstanding problems that may destroy world peace. The media should not behave like whimpering emotional Republicans during these trying times.

    The president is only one man and requires the team work of a country and the world to solve the life threatening problems of humanity. It seems the wealthy would rather destroy the world than give up their mindless privilege. Your money is worthless in times of anarchy.

    Common sense is the first victim of greed & privilege and it certainly is rearing its ugly head in most media mindsets today. Whatever happened to journalistic integrity?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:16 am |