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Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I’ve been having a little trouble with my cell phone voice mail, or at least it appears so, because I did not get a message about what time your Super Bowl party is starting. Although, sad to say, it is just as well. I am so bushed from everything I’ve been doing, I really can’t make it. Going to cool out on the couch with the family, choke down barbeque, and watch it in front of the fire. Sorry. Maybe next year.
I saw your guest list in the news, however, (and btw, good idea leaving my name off of the public release; I know it would have made Wolf so jealous,) and I noticed you made it like a good can of nuts, i.e. mixed. Dems and Republicans, North and South, East and West. Smart thinking. People have been talking for years about how civility has been lost in D.C. They say the political battles have become so venomous, that opposing groups can’t even say good morning to each other, let alone gather around some chips and salsa to watch a good sporting contest.
Which is funny, when you think about it, because politicians are always using sports analogies to explain what they are up to. They are always “making goal line stands,” or “punting,” or “playing defense,” or some other such nonsense. My wife says I use sports analogies too much myself. I can’t help it, any more than your Congressional friends can. They just seem so perfect to describe things, because sports, unlike the real world, is simple and neat. One team scores. The other team scores more. The second team wins.
It’s not that way in government. One team proposes a bill. The other team opposes it. Everyone starts rewriting the rules. The definition of winning questioned. The referee is indicted. The conviction is overturned. Someone winds up with a drawer full of cash and the FBI at the door, and somehow we all wind up losers, wondering what the hell is going on.
So, even though I can’t make it, enjoy the evening of clarity with your pals. In the end, at least we’ll have a clear winner and a loser, and it will all be in good fun. We don’t get a lot of that in Washington.
Save me one of those Eat’n Park cookies! Go Saints! (Yeah, I know they didn’t make it, but neither did the Bears.)
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