Reporter's Note: President Obama is making a whirlwind tour of the TV circuit this weekend to talk about health care and other things. Some people say he is being overexposed. Of course, some people say I’m writing too many letters to the White House. What do they know?
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Overexposed? Heck no! Let people rant all they want about you riding the TV rails this weekend. If that’s what it takes to get people refocused on what you want to do, why not?
You have been at your best, I dare say, in the campaign and in office, when you have paid little attention to the conventional wisdom; when you have pushed aside “politics de rigueur” and gone with “politics de seat-of-the-pants.” I think it is because you have a keen sense of how full of horse manure many of the “party experts” are. As you pointed out yourself, a surfeit of experience of the wrong sort can be blamed for many of the problems we have today. Or as one of my favorite old sayings goes, “If everyone knows it, it’s probably not true.” (I wish I could remember who said that…)
In any event, despite a fair bit of weakening in your popularity, you remain the most effective advocate for your agenda. For that matter, you are still far and away much more popular than Congress, so why not use that popularity and fame to make things happen?
On the other hand, there is this: One of the chief complaints I’ve heard about you (and please don’t take this personally) is from people who say too often they feel like you are still campaigning instead of governing. And when you blanket the cable, it too often reinforces their view that you are primarily, as Steely Dan would say, a show biz kid.
Sometimes those gripes are driven by Republicans who would shove Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin both out to sea in a rowboat in exchange for a powerful, dynamic, socially captivating person to take up the banner of their cause. They have some who are trying, but certainly they don’t have anyone who has yet grabbed and held the magazine covers like you have. But then other times I think there may be a legitimate reason to rethink this strategy. Not this weekend, of course. As I would tell any president who has committed to a course of action, for now push the pedal to the floor and go. But remember, people most value things that are rare. And maybe that applies to the words of presidents too.
Good luck with all the interviews. Watch out if that sneaky snake Ed Henry shows up! Call if you can. (And speaking of football, did you notice that Urlacher is out for the season for the Bears? Wowser! Go Saints!)
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