Reporter's Note: President Obama believes Americans should help determine the future of their country by sending suggestions to him. I believe they should help determine the college plans of my children by sending checks to me. So far I am helping him with his plan, with a letter a day to the White House.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Hey, it just occurred to me that we’re going to have dinner together tonight! In a manner of speaking. It will be me, you and about four-thousand other journalists and their guests, but still I feel we’ve grown to share a special bond and I look forward to the occasion.
And that’s saying something. DC is a city that loves big, hot shot, black tie dinners packed with Senators, diplomats, and movie stars. Congressmen too, although, as you know, they are about a dime a dozen in this town. Can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one, but still they give the Senators someone to push around, so they serve a purpose. And the White House Correspondents dinner is one of the hottest tickets of the year. I’ve chatted up Bo Derek, Tim Gunn, Michael Bloomberg, Joe Biden, and a host of others during this dinner (or at least at some dinners a lot like it) in the past, and it’s pretty good fun.
On the other hand, I’ve never felt entirely comfortable socializing with political types. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to insult you and your pals. I just think when we journalists start walking around in tuxes and gowns with you all, (and yes, I will be wearing a gown) sharing drinks, and laughs, and meeting your spouses, it can look an awful lot like we’re friends. And by our very nature, I don’t think we should be. We don’t have to be enemies or antagonists. But people already think (rightfully so, I’m afraid, sometimes) we’re too chummy as it is.
Enough of that. This is your first one of these, right? I don’t recall seeing you there before, so here are a few tips. Don’t expect much from the food. It’s good enough, but they’re cooking for a veritable media army so a certain gustatory predictability prevails. Don’t check your coat. The pickup line is way too long afterward. And, only a suspicion, but you might want to give the Fox table a wide berth. Just saying.
I know being a newcomer can be awkward. So I’ll make the same offer I’d make to any new President: Give me a buzz, or text me on the sly, if you want me to introduce you around. See you there!
Find more of the Foreman Letters here.
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