Reporter's Note: President Obama has met Tiger Woods, which, despite all the wild tee shots (ahem) Tiger has been dealing with lately, still seems kind of interesting. Maybe I should write a letter to Tiger. Heaven knows he should have time to read it now.
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Tom Foreman | BIO
Dear Mr. President,
Did you watch the big Tiger Woods apology for his off-course activities? It was kind of strange, I thought. Seems like he either should have done it a lot sooner, or not at all. It was just peculiar popping up like it did. “Hey America! Remember all that stuff you were upset about back during the holidays? Well, just in case you were forgetting I want to remind you…”
Oh well, who knows why people do the things they do? I knew a guy in college who periodically dressed up in a monk’s robe and roamed from class to class calling himself the Phantom. A few years later I saw him and asked about it, and he started quoting the Bible and talking about how he had renounced his evil ways. I have no idea what he meant. So go figure.
Speaking of things that don’t make a lot of sense, I was less than delighted to hear about your plan to rename the war in Iraq in September. First of all, in September? If this is important, do it now. Is there some kind of special, back to school discount on new war names? Second, with all the big, urgent issues we’re facing these days, why are we wasting even a heartbeat of time renaming a war? I’m pretty sure it doesn’t change a thing. Like that whole Beyonce/Sasha Fierce business. I think she just confused people, and you could wind up doing the same.
And the title: “Operation New Dawn.” C’mon. Sounds more like a cheesy ad campaign for dishwashing liquid. Which, of course, is the problem. I think people are exhausted with people (particularly politicians) trying to sell things to them by just slapping a new, fancy title on, and this feels kind of like that.
Still, if you are hell bent on it, at least take a moment to consider some more options. A new, less threatening name for a war? How about: “Hey It’s Over..We won!” or “Scruffy the Loveable Circus Mutt” or “We Now Return You to Your Previously Scheduled National Priorities.” Now, now those are encouraging names! Why, with one of those, people might now realize it is a war at all.
But kidding aside, a lot of brave Americans and their families have gone through a great deal of worry, work, and heartache in Iraq doing their duty for our country. Frankly I don’t care what name we give to the war. I care that we remember their names, honor their service, and thank them from our hearts when that conflict is finally done.
Call if you are so inclined.
Speaking of names, did I ever tell you that when our younger daughter was on the way, we asked the older one, who was three, what we should name her little sister. She said, “Turkia.” Like I said, go figure.
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