February 28th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Dear President Obama #405: The whole truth? Who knows?

Reporter's Note: President Obama has a lot of advisors. But perhaps he needs one more. And who can express himself, for example in a letter a day to the man in the Oval Office.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

At one point during your big health care summit this past week some lawmaker (not sure which one, because sometimes they all seem so much alike; if I were President I would totally be requiring name tags) said something about how we can’t even carry on a conversation unless we agree on some basic facts. I think he was pleading for everyone to accept that the Farmer’s Almanac can be trusted…or something like that.

The problem is, in these really hot debates, even if the sides agree on which sources to trust, they inevitably start cherry picking which facts they use so the standardized source doesn’t really matter. For example, you and I could absolutely agree to use only official USLDL statistics (of course I mean the United States Lawn Dart League) and yet we might individually find plenty of evidence to support our differing choices for USLDLICDC (United States Lawn Dart League Intramural Champion Dart Chucker.)

That’s why I think you should appoint me Official Keeper of the Truth. Please allow me to run through my qualifications.