Reporter's Note: President Obama is back in DC. I’m in NYC. And the Olympics won’t be in either place anytime soon. My daily letter to the White House.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
What a day! Your Olympic bid came apart like an overeager sprinter blowing out a hamstring. Letterman’s admission of some extra curricular work on the ad libs (if you know what I mean) has emerged as one of those freaky private-life-gone-way-too-public stories. And I was rousted up to New York to jump in on the coverage. Imagine, all of this crashing down on Friday of the very week that I promised to be a bit more positive in my outlook. Oh well.
Right now I am sitting in my hotel just a short walk from Letterman’s theater, after slogging over here in the rain from our studio after our show was over. Can’t score a plane until morning. But in the spirit of keeping a sunny outlook, if I get up early enough I can score a totally excellent breakfast at a diner here that I like. And trust me, it has to be pretty great for me to get up early.
First things first: Sorry about the Olympics. I know you, the First Lady, and your pal Oprah put on a full court press to get the games into Chicago, and it’s no fun losing a contest like that. Still, you have to admit, South America has been shunned way plenty by the IOC over the years, and it was rather heart warming to see all those Brazilians leaping around. I’ve had “Girl From Ipanema” running through my head ever since.
Second: Do you have any take on this Letterman business? I have to say it made me kind of sad, but I can’t precisely say why. I’ve always liked his work, and I try to be less judgmental about such things as I get older because I think everyone makes mistakes. And frankly, when it comes to sex between consenting adults, our society has enough conflicting opinions about what is right and wrong, I try not to throw my two cents in too hard. I have my own opinions and values, but they are mine and that doesn’t mean others have to adhere to them.
Still, that kind of thing is tough isn’t it? And I would think it is especially hard in you position. Sometimes there is a fine line between respecting the right of others to have their own beliefs, and having no backbone. For example, I can fully understand the outrage over the Roman Polanski case; with plenty of folks saying he broke the law and should pay the price; talent, fame, and time passed be damned. And in regard to Letterman, I’ve always thought romantic relationships within a workplace can create a poisonous atmosphere; especially when the boss is involved. On the other hand, I don’t know if I’ve ever worked for a company where such liaisons weren’t taking place.
Anyway…it’s late and I’m tired. And as you can tell, I’ve got no answers tonight, just questions. Need some sleep, so if you are thinking of calling I hope you wait until morning.
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