Reporter's Note: President Obama asked for Americans to help him with ideas. I’m writing a letter to the White House each day, which I am sure just thrills them.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
So off to Camp David, is it? Good for you. If I had a place in the mountains, I’d be there faster than Etta James can slap Beyonce. Pack up the fishing poles, load the kids, grab the cooler, and away we go. You should probably check to make sure President Bush didn’t short-sheet the beds for a joke anyway. Ha! I would.
In the spirit of relaxation, I’ll keep this short. You shouldn’t waste your time reading letters, when you can cool out with the family and get a little stress break.
But you’ve got the big speech coming up and I want to mention one thing. I know your speech guy has been in the news a bit: young, smart, poses well in pictures. (You know what I’m talking about!) Seriously, however, you need to have a word with him. When you spoke to the Democrats at their meeting in Virginia, several times you invoked the notion that economists are to be greatly trusted. Can’t remember the exact phrase, but you cited the urgent need for the stimulus plan and said something like, “This is not me telling you. Economists have said this!”
At this point in time, I suspect more Americans will believe what you say because you said it, rather than because some experts agree with you. You know from your legal experience that you can find experts to say almost anything. And economists can be the worst: Twisting statistics and numbers to prove political points. You are the President. I’ve said it before, but most Americans currently have more faith in you than they do in some nameless, faceless number cruncher. And let’s face it, if the bean counters were doing such a Cracker Jack job, the economy wouldn’t be flopping around like Ernest Borgnine on a trampoline.
To borrow a phrase from your predecessor, you are the Decider now. It’s ok to give credit to the experts first time around, but if you believe what you are saying, the second time remember: It’s true because you are the President, and you’ve said it’s true; you’ve asked Americans to trust you, and most of them do.
Enough said. Get a good hike in. Don’t even think about calling, because if I see it’s you, I won’t answer. That’s how much I want you to get some rest!
See you back in D.C.
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