Reporter's Note: If I were stuck in a North Korean prison, I suppose I would be delighted to write a letter each day to the simply to escape the circumstances. However, I suspect if I wrote it to Kim Jong Il, it might not be received in the best spirit. So, not being in prison, and not being in Pyongyang, I’ll continue with my campaign to pen a letter a day to our president in the White House.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
This was the kind of day that I think makes it really worthwhile being a president! Granted, it’s not a bad job any day compared to being, say, a fishmonger; but today was the kind your can write down in your Diary of Great Days to be President. Kick off your shoes, put your feet up on the desk in the Oval Office, and call for one those beers that I’m pretty sure you didn’t really get to enjoy during that Rose Garden debacle last week.
You genuinely scored big with the rescue of those two journalists who were being held by North Korea. You brought them both home safely. You didn’t have to send in Chuck Norris to do it. And Kim Jong Il didn’t extract a bunch of painful promises from us in the process. Good on ya!
I know a lot of people will lay their laurels at the door of former President Clinton, and he certainly deserves some share of the honors. But all the people in the know I’m talking to say it was the State Department under his wife’s control that really kept the gears turning. What’s more, they had to do it while appearing not to…tricky work, that diplomacy. Speaking of which, you seemed to act in almost perfect concert with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Considering all the lingering rumors of discontent after the election and some of the snarky comments Secretary Clinton has tossed about lately, that is also a real plus for you.
Plenty of things will go wrong during your presidency. It’s the nature of the beast. But once in a while you’ll get a day like this one. Enjoy them while you can. And if you can turn this success into real talks with North Korea on bigger issues, (like their nasty habit lately of lobbing missiles over Japan) then you’ll really have something to celebrate.
You’re going to get a lot of grades this week as you burn into your 200th day, and not all of them are going to be good ones. But mark down some extra credit points on Foreign Affairs for today. Your team pulled together, and really earned them.
I tried to call to congratulate you, but I think my call got lost on hold. So if you want to buzz back, I’ll be around.
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