December 24th, 2009
03:09 PM ET

Dear President Obama #339: Winding down with a win...

Reporter's Note: President Obama is going to take it easy for the holidays. Me too. But without the surfing. And I’ll still write my letters every day.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

It’s Christmas Eve! Or as I like to call it, Foam the Runway Day, considering how much I usually have left to do. It’s especially true in DC this year with the big snow storm, all the late action on health care reform (as I write this the Senate is poised to approve their version in the morning, so congrats,) and the usual end of year work madness that I’ve grown to know and fear.

I’m a pretty good time manager (as opposed to time traveler) so it always surprises me a bit to find the Christmas tornado roaring toward me while I’m still standing in the wheat field of autumn like a befuddled farmer. But what are you going to do? Time marches on.

My big special is on at 7 o’clock eastern tonight, All the Best, All the Worst 2009, and I’m actually pretty excited about it. I don’t know if you’ll be in transit to Hawaii at that hour, but you could probably get Biden to Tivo it. You got mixed reviews, as you might expect, but your family drew raves, so that’s good news to take to the beach.

It’s good to take a break from our work and worries from time to time, and while I can’t get away to the Pacific waves, I always find a way to cool out during the holidays, even when I’m working. Usually I spend at least part of the last day running through the office in a reindeer hat passing out chocolates. Not sure if I can get that in tomorrow, but what the heck…I suppose that’s what next Christmas is for. Btw, I went running in that hat once and this dog I ran past got all crazy and started chasing me. No kidding.

Anyway, in the spirit of relaxing, unless something really crazy cranks up over the next week or so, I’m not going to write about politics, or issues, or things in the news. I think I’m just going to write stories about great Christmas moments I remember. Who knows? Maybe I’ll pick up a new one this year.

And in that same spirit of taking it easy, I won’t even ask you to call. See? You’re relaxing already.



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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Lori

    Merry Christmas.

    December 24, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  2. internetfreepress.com

    JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, Mr. President:
    Finish health-care and get on with creating jobs. Now is the time
    to create a Reserve-Retraining Work Force and put an end to unemployment. Only people who want to be unemployed should be. There should always be money that is needed for anyone who has an idea that would create as few as two jobs. Money must be created before real value can be created–goods and services. Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution gives the Federal Government power to created the money needed. We don't need to tax more or borrow money. The National Debt is not necessary.

    December 24, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  3. salma

    U know what Mr.Foreman, my new wish 4 this year is that u one day may read my comments........All are awaiting moderation, yet I never lost hope & I'm still writing to u my comments. You actually have become my guru when it comes to not losing hope.......You're always waiting 4 the president's call & I learned from u........I'm always waiting 4 the moment that my comment would be posted & u actually read it. I became so addicted to ur letters. In fact, I head to Ac360 website before i even read the NYtimes. Guess whats the first thing I read, its ur letters. Anyway, merry christmas Mr.Foreman & happy new year. Wish that ur programme would be aired on CNN International so I would be able to watch. I'm excited as much as u're about the best & the worst of 2009. Its gonna be such disappointment 4 me if i didn't watch it.
    Hello from Egypt ( BTW, I'm only 19 years old so the fact that there's some of the young people read ur letters, that means u're soooooo cool.......I'm sure u know what i mean)

    December 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  4. Conserve' for USA

    It's sad you would say this is a win for the president. The majority of the country did not want this bill the way it was written, but it did not make any difference. You count it a win for the president, it was a loss for the country!

    December 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  5. Michael McCormick

    Why not ask President Obama or one of the Democratic Senators if there will any type of rationing after Obama care is passed. Seniors on medacare will not be able to get all the services that they need. There will not be enough Drs. to service all the medical needs.

    Everyone knows there will be rationing. Why not hold their feet to the fire.

    December 24, 2009 at 9:41 am |