March 7th, 2009
07:36 AM ET

Dear President Obama #47: Punch drunk – the President and the management myth

Reporter's Note: The President says he wants ideas on how to run the country. Seems like he has plenty of his own, but never one to begrudge another, I am still pitching in with a letter a day to the White House.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Do you remember Mike Tyson back in his best days? There were just no other boxers like him. He did not simply beat his opponents. He attacked them with a brutality that left even the people watching the bouts staggering and chewing spoonfuls of aspirin. He stalked good fighters amid the ropes; his eyes narrowed, his jaw set, his shoulders hunched; and then with a ferocious charge, he dismantled them one after another.

He was the youngest heavyweight champ ever, and for two years he destroyed all challengers. He was not a beautiful boxer like Ali. He was not a gentlemanly giant like Foreman. Yet, the power and intensity of his assaults were so daunting, quickly a mythology arose around this champion that few have ever enjoyed: “The Baddest Man on the Planet” could not be beaten.