April 8th, 2010
08:39 AM ET

Dear President Obama #444: Bueller? Bueller?

Reporter's Note: President Obama pretty much has to do his job every day and can’t just take a break when he wants to. That’s like me: As much as I want to slack off, there are letters to write.

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

As I have mentioned, lately I’ve not been feeling a lot of fondness for political matters in this country. Seems like all the same old gum-bumping, and you know…sometimes that just gets old. I suppose that is yet another good reason for me to never be President.

“Mr. President, we have a critical situation in Kyrgyzstan. What shall we do?”

“Hmmm..yeah. Well, Rahm, I’m just not feeling the foreign policy groove right now. Have you seen the TV remote?”

“Mr. President, this is serious!”

“You’re right! If we don’t find it in time for Rachel Ray I’ll miss her recipe for Warm Provencal Chicken Salad!”

“You can get that off the web.”

“Well, maybe that’s where the Kyrgyzstanis should look for help…”

See? That wouldn’t be so good. Do presidents ever just call in sick and go bowling on the sly? I guess that would be hard to do in this day and time with all us nosy media types around, but I do know of a past president who had a standing order for reports on fishing conditions at rivers within a few hours of DC, and when he could he would helicopter out to drop a line on weekends. That sounds like fun and a good way to get out of the old political rut.

Sometimes I think my best ideas, even about my work, come from taking a break; from clearing my head and thinking about other things. Then when I return to work, I’m ready to go with new ideas, and new energy. Seems like the whole country could use a break like that now.

Anyway, for a change, instead of addressing something serious, I hope this letter was just a decent distraction for a few minutes. We all need those now and then. Give me a ring if you can.



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  1. Tim Gibson

    However, the position of president is something a person signs on to do, not something they are forced into. Hard times and good and we are still waiting for the sunshine, it has gotten way to shady lately.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |

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