April 18th, 2010
08:16 AM ET

Dear President Obama #454: I think we are in Kansas!

Reporter's Note: President Obama travels pretty often, as far as presidents go. But have no fear, I travel a bit too and in fact was far more widely traveled than he was when he took office. So there. Uh, but now he is catching up. Just like I hope my latest letter catches up with him.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

I’m going to Kansas! Actually by the time you read this I will probably already be there. It’s the next stop on our Building Up America tour. Did you see my show on that subject over the weekend, btw? It was pretty good, I’ll admit, or as so many others like to say, “Contact the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Tom is on the air!”

I can’t think of a single trip that I’ve made to Kansas over the years that has not been a pleasure. Oh sure, I’ve endured some bitterly cold winds from time to time while there, but that’s a small price to pay for a visit to the Great Plains. Which, by the way, I think are hugely underrated. And I’m not just kidding around.

Some city folks of my acquaintance like to make snide cracks about the middle of the country as the “flyover” states, and I must say I always cringe a bit when they do. Not merely because it is rude, but also because it tells me that they have not developed a proper appreciation for the grandeur of empty spaces, softly rolling prairies, thunderclouds to pile to the heavens, and views that stretch so far that your eyes ache to see the end.