April 11th, 2010
07:31 AM ET

Dear President Obama #447: Tennis, anyone?

Reporter's Note: President Obama has often made some unusual choices in terms of the critics to which he decides to respond. He’s done it again, so once again…I’m taking to the keyboard for my daily letter to the White House.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Do not…I repeat, do not engage in tit-for-tat exchanges with Sarah Palin. I was reading about your back and forth volley with the erstwhile Governor of Alaska over nuclear weapons and I thought, like Jay Leno in primetime, that was a mistake.

Look, if you haven’t accepted it yet, you are simply going to get slapped around in the public arena now and then by critics. They are going to attack your policies, your principles, your family, your friends, your choice of neckties…and certainly your choice of Supreme Court Justices…but you must be cautious about locking horns with those naysayers. You are President of the United States, and that title brings with it a certain gravitas that can only be tarnished by getting into spitting contests.

The Yankees would not look better if they decided to take on a high school team that criticized them. Instead, they would make themselves look small and petty, while they would raise the profile of the critics to new heights. “Look, the Yankees take us seriously enough to play ball with us! We’re huge!”