May 23rd, 2009
07:44 AM ET

Dear President Obama #124: Cap and clown

Reporter's Note: Our President, Barack Obama, is delivering graduation speeches as politicians often do at this time of year. And yet even while he gives advice to some Americans, he is soliciting suggestions on how the run the country from the rest of us. I tried standing in front of the White House shouting out speeches and that did not work out so well, so I am writing a letter a day.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

You’ve been giving a lot of advice to graduating college seniors lately, and that’s no surprise. Seems like everyone over 30 has some idea that younger people need steering into their adult years, and judging from how some of these kids turn out, no doubt they are right. But it seems like you and the rest of the commencement crowd have that base pretty well covered, so I want to offer here my own ideas for a speech you could give, not to the grads, but to their parents.

“Dear Parents,

Congratulations on getting your son/daughter/other through college. Heaven knows with the cost of higher education these days, you could have scored a new car, taken a big vacation, and put in that home theater you’ve always wanted; but no, you invested in making your offspring smarter and for that the nation thanks you.

Young people are our most precious resource. After oil. And maybe timber. In any event, they matter. The better we prepare them for their careers, the better the food and views will be in the old folks’ homes they stuff us into as the Baby Boomers roar into senility.