Reporter's Note: You would think President Obama would have more advisors than he knows what to do with. I mean, doesn’t everyone want to chat up the President? Nevertheless, he’s asked for advice from the citizens of the United States, and I’m responding with a letter a day.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Your predecessor, or as he’s known in some Democratic circles “He who shall not be named,” made it a point of pride to say he paid no attention to polls. At times it is hard to imagine two Presidents more different from each other than you and Mr. Bush, but on that front, I think he was on to something.
Hold on! Don’t toss this one into the shredder just yet. Sure, it’s fair to say that maybe President Bush took it a tad too far. While he was busy taking one road, the rest of the country was heading another way, and arguably if he’d listened just a wee bit more his fellow Americans he would not have turned his party into the political equivalent of a auto salvage lot. (Mind you, Republicans have a remarkable way of bouncing back, and as much as your Dem pals may be hoping they stay on the wreck heap, I would not count on that.)
The point is, I’m sure you’ve heard all the typing going on out here in Media-land, (or as I like to call it, Oz) as everyone prepares their assessments of your first 100 days in office. You’re still riding high in the public approval ratings, so you know a lot of them are going to be generally positive. Or at least they’ll start that way. Then the nibbling will begin. They praise your quick action on the economy, then point out all the potential problems looming. They’ll laud your firm words on Iraq, then wring their hands over Afghanistan; which, I have to admit, I’m wringing my own hands over. You get the picture.
I don’t have any idea how much of that stuff you’ll read. But I know my daughters sometimes get a little tense when report card time comes around, and I always tell them the same thing. Don’t worry about it. Do your best. Learn every day, and trust that you’ll prove your merit when testing time comes. Pay attention to your grades, but only as general guide to make sure you are not straying too far from the path.
The measure of your Presidency will be its entire run, not just the first hundred days. I hope your Sunday is going well. If you are up for a game of hoops, give me a buzz…and I’ll school ya! Ha!
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