September 13th, 2009
06:15 AM ET

Dear President Obama #237: Apple picking time

Reporter's Note: President Obama is hopefully relaxing a bit over the weekend. I am too, although I must say, sometimes relaxation seems a lot like work…

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

By the time you read this, hopefully I will have completed that big half marathon I’ve been carrying on about for several weeks now. I generally enjoy such things, although sometimes around 8 miles in, when I think, “Only 5 more to go!” I wonder how much I’ll be feeling it later. The weather is supposed to be good, but then I was supposed to be 30 years old forever and that’s not exactly played out that way. Actually, the weather makes little difference to me. I enjoy running in the rain, snow, heat and cold; my own little way of keeping in touch with nature. Often as the weather pelts down I think of Theodore Roosevelt and his famous horseback rides through many of the same places, regardless of the weather.

As I write this however, the race is still ahead of me and I’m trying to spend a relatively quiet day relaxing with the family; somewhat aggressively avoiding thoughts of politics, so hopefully you won’t mind if I ramble. My wife and I went out to pick up the race packet (totally cool long sleeve red jersey this year with little duck feet going up the arm! I have no idea what waterfowl have to do with this, but what the heck…woo hoo!) Then we dropped off/picked up some dry cleaning, mailed some birthday cards to family, and now we are heading out with the girls to go apple picking. There is a pick-your-own kind of boutique farm a dozen miles from our house and we try to get there every autumn.

They have an endless variety of apples and we love sampling from all sorts of different trees, picking our favorites, and then filling a basket. My brother gave me a way wonderful little pocket knife some years ago, a promotional item for his home repair/expansion/building business, and I always take it along. I use it to cut crisp little slices out of candidate apples and we all stand around tasting and talking.

We always say that we are going for just a little while, and we end up lingering much longer, looking at the goats and chickens, maybe picking up some honey at the check out stand too. My wife always makes a spectacular pie…or two…from what we pick. By the way, one secret to a great apple pie is using several different kinds of apples; they give it more variety in terms of texture, tartness, sweetness. If you and the family want to join us in a week or so, I’m pretty sure they’ll still have plenty on the trees, so just give me a call. If we can’t make it, I can at least give you directions.

I’ll give you the breakdown on the big run tomorrow, assuming there is not a breakdown on the big run. Ha!



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  1. Conserve' for USA

    The President has 9 months in and 39 to go. Hopefully he has learned the majority of the United States citizens doesn't like what he has been doing. They thought he was president and he is there to protect them. They are finding out the truth. The government is in it for themselves. It's not, "what can they do for the country," it's more like, "what can we do for them." They need to change! They are supposed to represent us!

    September 13, 2009 at 11:51 am |