Reporter's Note: President Obama is launching a new week after a presumably relaxing weekend. I, on the other hand, am hobbling around looking for an ice bag and writing yet another letter to the White House.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
So the half marathon in the dawn light of Sunday was an unqualified success! I was unqualified to make it with my hit and miss training schedule, and yet I was successful anyway. About two miles in a knot developed in my right calf that felt like I’d suddenly had a baseball implanted in the muscle. Couldn’t shake it for the life of me, but since it was basically just a really painful cramp, not an injury, I kept going and completed the 13.1 miles in just under two hours. Hooray!
With a new week underway, it is fitting that I am writing about long runs, because that’s precisely what was on my mind when the Tea Party Express crowd rolled into DC over the weekend. Did you see these folks? Thousands of people gathered at the Capitol to celebrate the end of their cross country tour opposing your health care plan, objecting to taxes, and frankly rousing support from anyone they can for a long term goal: Taking Congress back from the Democrats, and pushing you out of the White House.
I’ve heard many Dems dismiss these people are somehow hopelessly strange and out of touch with reality; calling them all sorts of horrible names, just as the tea partiers are calling you names, too. But I think it is important to pay attention to how their message appears to be resonating with voters. Because in one particular way, the Tea Party campaign is tapping into the same unrest that put you into the White House.
“Washington doesn’t have your best interests at heart.” “Too many people with the wrong kind of experience are running things.” “We need to make a change.” And “Yes, we can do it.” Sound familiar? I know that your fans would scream at the mere suggestion of a similarity, and to be clear, I’m not saying that you policies have anything in common with those of the Tea Partiers.
But you knew that voters were upset, concerned, and angry. You tapped into that with a message that said, “Don’t just be mad. Be effective. Make your government be responsive.” And right now the Tea Party folks are doing the same thing. And from all appearances, they are in it for the long haul.
Call if you can. I’ll give you more details of the race if you can hear me over the rattling of the aspirin bottle.
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