April 19th, 2009
09:42 PM ET

Dear President Obama #90: Mr. President, we have Susan Boyle on the line

Reporter's Note: Our President says Americans should give him ideas on how to deal with problems facing our country. So far I think I have been frankly no help at all. But I keep trying with a letter a day to the White House.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/17/susan.boyle.lkl/art.piano.jpg caption="Susan Boyle tells CNN that her new stardom hasn't changed her one bit. "]

Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

As usual, it took me forever to get around to seeing the video that everyone else in the country has watched a hundred times: That British woman singing a song from Les Miserables. It’s wonderful of course. Her voice is clear and strong, her dowdy appearance a stark counterpoint to the song itself, and the audience reaction suitably uproarious. She’s no Stevie Wonder, but you might want to have her swing by the White House piano and knock out a tune or two.

I’ve never asked: Do you play any instruments? Everyone in our house does. Piano, guitar, one trumpet player (the younger girl) and we sing like Gene Kelly in a downpour. Perhaps not as well but certainly with as much enthusiasm. Hey, here’s a music joke: You know what the definition of perfect pitch is? When you throw a banjo into the dumpster and it lands right on top of the accordion.

Anyway, this woman, Susan Boyle, is also a pretty good example of something you might want to keep in mind. There are a lot of intelligent, talented, and insightful people out in America ready to help, if Washington will only take the time to find them. Not just singers, but people with real ideas on how to run this country.