Reporter's Note: President Obama spent a day listening to his fellow Democrats and Republicans talk about health care. Hmm…I thought he was against torture? I suppose if he can endure that, he can put up with another one of my letters.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Dear Mr. President,
So how do you think the big health care summit went? From the outside, I guess I’d give it a C. No offense. Not a reflection on you. It’s just so hard to get the Washington crowd on board for any kind of reasonable chat. Seriously, I think I’d rather run naked through a cactus patch than be stuck at a party with that bunch.
I can’t even write about it without nodding off.
Here is an idea, you being sort of the tech president and all: Next time have a laptop in front of you. Tell everyone it’s for access to important information, or insurance amortization tables, or the webcam in the CBO’s kitchen. Whatever. Anyway, just let it sit there for a while, and then when Boehner starts droning away about something, or Pelosi goes off on one of her rants, you can knit your brow and start clicking like you’re really looking into what they have to say.
But in reality you’ll be checking Facebook (have you friended me yet?), going on The Onion site, ordering clothes from J. Crew, or even YouTubing. BTW- you’d better score some discreet earbuds if you are going to check out videos; if you accidentally tip off the crowd , they’ll all get into it. You know how they are. Can’t you just imagine McCain? “Hey, Mr. President, check out this link. It’s a singing dog! Hey, you want to go on the e-Bay?”
I suppose it’s a silly idea. If anyone (like that snake Ed Henry) ever caught you doing something like that you’d never hear the end of it, even though we media types often spend our time doodling when politicians are talking with no end in sight. When we are supposedly listening during press conferences, sometimes we’re thinking thinks like, “Roast beef? Yes, I think I’ll have that for dinner.. With a side of sliced peaches!”
Do you think anything was accomplished with the health care summit? Honest question. I’m not trying to trick you, I’m just wondering how you feel about it now. Seemed like there was a bit of seriously talk, but also more posing than you’d see in a mannequin factory.
Let me know. You’ve got my phone number. But for now, I’m so tired I can’t keep my head up. Oh, and I ought to let you know: I had an absolutely fabulous meal tonight at an Italian place called Inoteca. Wow! Best Italian I’ve had in ages.
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