March 13th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Dear President Obama #418: Biscuit + basket = better politics

Reporter's Note: President Obama gets all caught up in basketball, but give me a shiny sheet of ice, some sharp blades, and the crack of a slap shot any day! In the meantime, I’ll give him my latest letter.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

As you know, I am a bit of a hockey fan. When I lived in Colorado I loved watching the Avalanche streak down the ice and I went to a good many of their games, including one of the Stanley Cup playoff tilts. The Avs are still my favorite team, although after almost ten years in DC I’ve grown quite fond of the Capitols too, and they’ve proven very exciting, especially this year.

I also like some of the customs and traditions of hockey, which frankly I think your political pals ought to consider taking up.

For starters: the Zamboni. In between each period of play, I enjoy watching the big, lumbering machine put a fresh layer of ice over all the nicks, and scrapes left behind by the previous tussles. It is practical, of course; no one wants to trip while skating 35 miles an hour and intercepting a frozen puck that is traveling well over a hundred all while being chased by someone who would like to pulverize your ribcage. But the Zamboni’s work is also symbolic. It says, this is a fresh start. Clear your mind. Refocus. Do your best. I think a little Zamboni visit to Congress after each day’s play could go a long way toward sharper, crisper action in the morning.