November 15th, 2009
07:28 AM ET

Dear President Obama #300: Your 300 Day-A-Versary!

Reporter's Note: President Obama took the oath on a cold day in January. Now the chill is descending on DC once again, and still I press on, warming my hands daily over the keyboard as I launch another letter to the White House. I don’t know how he feels, but I could use a day off.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations! You’ve been President of the United States for 300 days. You are rapidly closing in on a quarter of your term being done. Well, at least your first term. We’ll see what voters think about a second. Time flies when you are not having fun, doesn’t it?

I say that because you really don’t seem to be having as much fun on the job as I would expect. I mean, sure you’re taking on a lot of massive, global, tres tres serious problems, but for crying out loud, you’re also arguably the most powerful person on the planet. That’s got to be fun even on a bad day. (Actually, I say “arguably” but Forbes magazine just ranked you number one in terms of power players, so I guess the argument is over. After all, you can’t put something in print unless it is true.)

But in all fairness and with respect, the polls say an awful lot of Americans are not having as much fun with your presidency as they expected either. You know the laundry list of complaints: Jobs, mortgage failures, soaring deficit, same old partisan bickering, too much travel. On it goes. You’ve certainly warned people a pretty good bit about not expecting too much too soon, and you know that I have always said that’s a well placed caution. Many of the problems you promised to fix are like redwoods; they’ve been growing a long time and change comes very, very slowly.

Still, while your life has been filled with unusual and new adventures (whether enjoyable or not) you have to remember that most of our lives have just been filled with another ten or eleven months of work since you took office; work filled with more uncertainty about the future, and greater worries about the present. And your approval polls have shown that by unceremoniously plunging to the lobby level. I don’t think that’s so much a matter of your supporters turning against you; as it is a case of them realizing that maybe their expectations about you were way too high to begin with.

They’ve had 300 days of a hard reality check. Now, you have 1,160 to show them they were really right to trust you….or not.

Take a break. Don’t call today. Enjoy Sunday. Go Saints!



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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. A. Smith, Oregon


    In your next letter to President Obama, ask him if Osama bin Laden was ever on the CIA payroll when Osama was fighting against the Russian troops in Afghanistan.

    No Media News has asked that question and the American Public has the right to know the truth. I feel the News Media outlets have a obligation to their viewers to definitely find out.

    November 15, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  2. Patsy

    In my opinion, the world gained a little more respect for America after we elected Obama as president. I support our President and hope he does not disappoint those of us who have great expectations of him. So far, I like his approach to governing but in the end his legacy will depend on his accomplishments or for "fighting the good fight". My advice to the President is "don't reach for what you think is possible but for for what you believe is right ". If the people see you fighting for them, really fighting and not just marketing for your next campaign, they will vote you in for a second term. "Medicare For All" with improved benefits would be a good start!

    November 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  3. Norma Labno


    Dear Tom:

    The best piece of advice for President Obama right now is "take a

    The last thing in the world I want to admit to is reading Tabloids but
    I do when a headline grabs my attention.

    If even a whisp of what I read was true, we need to be supportive of
    him right now, encourage him to take the very best possible care of
    himself for his family, his country, and our world!

    I scream a lot about the wars (I am staunchly anti-war when poss.) but I
    am also a fervent supporter; and I think what he needs right now are
    words of encouragement from a Nation to it's President!

    norma from nv

    November 15, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  4. sam900

    Too bad, there is no star reception in Asia as in Europe. People now come to grip with reality that Obama is just an average president.

    November 15, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  5. P E OBrien

    President Obama I will stand beside you with all due respect sir. I am feeling the pains, of the economic times, however you warned us and I am actually stronger than before. Congratulations!

    November 15, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  6. Tim Gibson

    The only thing I have saw Obama do in his first 300 days is to spend more than Clinton did in 8 years. I guess you can call that an accomplishment.

    As far as being the most powerful, I have more faith in the energizer bunny than our leader.

    November 15, 2009 at 8:13 am |