January 21st, 2009
12:47 PM ET

Dear President Obama #2: Your new home office!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.obama.firstday2.jpg caption="President Obama walks into the Oval Office on Wednesday morning."]

Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

President Barack Obama, shortly before taking office, invited Americans to share their ideas about how to make things better for the economy, or education, or health care, or you name it. I can’t say I have much of a clue. Frankly, the country’s problems are so complex, they make the Lord of the Rings trilogy look like soccer on the South Lawn, and that’s saying something.

Never the less, in the spirit of good citizenship, I will start this first day of the new administration by doing my part, and posting a letter to Mr. Obama.

Dear Mr. President,

Good morning and congratulations! You must be tired. Staying out half the night partying before starting a new job is not always the best plan, as I’m sure you are aware; but then heaven knows you’ve earned it, what with the campaign starting back in the mid 1980’s and all.

I am riding on the train from New York back to DC, quietly chuckling over a note from a fellow journalist describing some first day chaos over at the White House. Doors locked that should not be; phones not working that should be; that sort of thing.

No surprise really, and don’t let it trouble you. Almost every new administration comes into office privately spitting fire about how much quicker, better, and smarter they will be than all their predecessors, only to find themselves suddenly amid a sea of boxes and bureaucracy trying to find the restrooms. (And just in case Biden is playing a prank and not telling you, it’s down the hall on the left.)

We, the citizens of the nation, understand. Day one on a new job is tough, and we’ve all been there. No matter how you try, it is awkward, frustrating, and you end the day wondering if you really accomplished anything or if you ever will.

Be patient. It will get better. New jobs always take a while to settle down. You make some friends, discover where they keep the free pens and notebooks, and one day, magically, you feel like an old pro.

And even on the bad days, think of it this way: You’re working out of your house now!

That can be nice.

Call if you need to talk, or just want someone to listen.



soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Mary

    I think the president should put a stop in congress of taking another raise of 4.700.00 dollors, that will save us a lot of money and stop the ear marks

    January 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  2. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Looking forward to more of your letters here Tom. Personally I think the new President is off to a pretty dran good start. Stopping Bush mid-night executive orders was most definitely a major step in the correct direction (notice I didn't use the word 'right' here 🙂 ).

    January 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  3. PA Canada

    Tom, I'm sure Obama SO appreciates your compassion and offer of friendship. You know everyone needs someone completely outside the box to Vent every once and awhile, Even the President! Be sure to let us know if he calls! Ur Cute 🙂

    January 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  4. Cindy

    I have the slightest idea on how to fix this economy or our nation either! LOL I just hope that Obama and congress can come up with something soon that foots the bill.

    Oh and by the way...nice note! You are too funny!


    January 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  5. Vanessa, El Paso,TX

    wow Tom Foreman....a very nicely written letter. I think the President would definitely love you words of encouragement. Plus, it's funny! And our President needs some funny right about now! Now all you have to do is explain to him how to use the photosynth, you know he's gonna want one in the oval office!! GOOD JOB!

    January 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm |