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.
Tom Foreman | BIO
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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