Reporter's Note: No matter how the weeks add up, I continue my quest to write a letter each day to the White House.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Congratulations on reaching another pretend milestone in your presidency; the 200 day mark! Ta dah! (Well, the way I count it, the actual day is Friday, but who is counting?) I’m not entirely sure why 200 days holds any particular significance. This is also your first Psoriasis Awareness Month, and we’re not making a big fuss about that. Just like we completely overlooked your first Ground Hog Day.
Nonetheless, we media types have decided to take stock of your progress at this particular time, and lacking any better hitching post for that task…well, I won’t complain about it any more.
Two hundred days, eh? Seems more like six-and-a-half months to me, but like the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re writing to the leader of the free world.” I know a lot has changed for you since you raised your hand and took the oath on that chilly day in January. For starters I imagine when you hear someone say, “Here comes the president,” you no longer look around the room wondering where he is. I suppose you have grown at least vaguely accustomed to the Oval Office as “your” office. And perhaps you’ve accepted the rather startling notion that you can now call pretty much anyone in the world at any hour and he or she will not only take your call, the voice at the other end of the line won’t even complain that you just shot a perfectly good night’s sleep all to hell.
On the other hand, (and this is the tricky part,) life for many, many Americans has not yet changed much. This is kind of the same thing I told you after one hundred days and it’s still true. Unemployment is still a bear. The market is doing better, but hardly out of the woods. Housing prices may be stabilizing…or maybe not. And on it goes. We are certainly getting some indications that some things may be looking up a bit, but overall the problems we had when you started are still more or less the problems we have now.
Your critics will say you are spending so much that you are bound to make everything worse. Your supporters will say you are making such bold moves that you are bound to make everything better. All I say is what I’d say to anyone concerned with the march of time: All you can do is take each day as it comes, do your best, and move on to the next.
Rome wasn’t built in a day…or a hundred…or two hundred. Call if you get a moment amid the festivities. And btw, belated congrats on the birthday!
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