December 14th, 2009
12:06 PM ET

Dear President Obama #329: Back to work ... thank heavens

Reporter's Note: I’ve been writing to President Obama every single day since he took office. You might think he’d send a postcard when he travels. Yes, you might think that, but you’d be wrong. Sigh. Anyway, here is today’s letter to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Not too eager to get back into work this morning, I must say. Last week was such a barnburner and I’m enjoying my time with the family so much, I just don’t feel like going to the mill.

Of course, I will anyway. I have never been the kind of person who can even contemplate staying home from work and feigning illness or anything like that. Other people can do it if they wish, but I just can’t get onto that train.

What do you have coming up this week? You really ought to call me once in a while and update me on your situation. I mean, what if I run into a common friend who says, “Hey, Tom, how’s it going? What do you hear from the president?” What am I going to say? You can understand the predicament you are putting me in. On the other hand, I understand how busy you are, so no rush; I’m just saying, eventually, pick up the phone!

I have to go back up to New York some day this week, although I’m not entirely sure which one or how long I will have to stay. That’s the news business. Years ago when I was in Denver, which was a hardcore travel bureau, I spent 10 years with a bag packed in the trunk of the car so I could head to the airport at any moment.

My wife would step upstairs to grab a sweater and say “Hey honey, can you keep an eye on the rice?” And she’d come down to find the pot boiling over and me gone for a week. Not really, but sort of.

Like I’ve said before, however, I’m not complaining. I know plenty of folks in this Christmas season are scraping to make ends meet and worrying about the job they don’t have. I think about them a lot and I know you do too. I especially think of them on mornings like this when I really don’t much want to go; I remember how much they wish they had a job to go to, and I put my head down and get to it.

Hope your weekend was good. I managed to get a couple of decent runs in for the first time in what seems like ages. Much needed.



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