September 11th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

600: The perils of a presidential pen pal

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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(CNN) - Not long before he took office, President Barack Obama said something I am sure he now regrets. "There are a lot of people who seem to think they know how to run this country. I hope they'll let me hear from them." At least I think I remember him saying something like that. Anyway, it was a huge mistake, because I have now written 600 letters to the White House. One every day since he was inaugurated. It started as a joke. I thought the idea of sending armchair advice to the Leader of the Free World was funny and my first letter was really little more than congratulations.

Read the first letter

But after I posted letters on the "AC360" blog for 10 days, a lot of readers liked them, so I extended the string to the first month. Then the first 100 days. Then 200. And now, I have written enough to fill two books. And yes, I am aware that this can look like either dedication or mental illness, depending on your point of view.

Read more from Tom Foreman about his daily letters to the president

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. evek

    good job Mr. Foreman!!! keep going!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:44 am |
  2. Kier Matthews

    Keep writing!

    September 12, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  3. Diya

    Agree with Ronnie. Rock on, Mr. Foreman!! XD

    September 12, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  4. Yi Han

    Please publish these letters! They will be a best-seller.

    September 12, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    One of the perils that I have personally encountered while leaving a letter to the President of the United States was a US government employed hacker tried to hack into my personal computer right on the White House Government website!

    YEP, apparently the Shadow Government agency's (NSA,CIA and DHS) are curious about the computer files on those that stop on the White House website to leave a letter, how original!

    September 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  6. Ronnie

    SO glad to know you're not quitting on us – I look forward to the only "commentator" I read daily...I REALLY appreciate you and Anderson Cooper – I think of you as a complete package!

    September 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm |