September 25th, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Letters to the President #614: 'Ctrl-Alt-Del now!'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama is probably the most tech savvy chief exec ever, so maybe he’ll bookmark my latest letter of advice to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

Taking a day off always helps me clear my head a bit, and this Friday playing hooky was no exception. Played some guitar. Cleaned the bathroom. Chased the dog around. Good times.

It made me think of what a friend said recently. “I think the whole country needs a reboot.” He’s right, you know. Between economic problems; social issues debates; the widening gap between the left, right, and middle; and whatever is going on with American Idol (seriously, Stephen Tyler, say it ain’t so…) I feel like we all need some hardcore Ctrl-Alt-Del action.

Imagine how nice that would be. Wherever we are in whichever debate, we could all just say: “OK, this is zero. No more talking about how things were before, or who said what. Water under the bridge, friends. But starting today: Leaders, you build your case for why you should stay in office, and voters, you demand that your elected officials produce real results in the time they promise.”

Maybe we could even install some kind of Do-Nothing Virus Protection that would automatically quarantine anyone who won at the polls and then did not show any serious attempt to deliver what he or she promised.

I know it’s just pipe dreaming. The real world doesn’t work that way, because if it did…well, I don’t know what would happen. But clearly someone here must have thought of this whole crazy notion of downloading a “responsive government” before and it’s never come to pass, so I assume there must be a reason.

Still, a boy can dream.

I hope all is well. Saints play tomorrow! Whoo hoo! Want to come over?


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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Maurrik

    Still Dreaming but this is impossible. Life is very hard nowadays and even with "CTRL+ ALT+ DEL", we could never delete the wickness and the hate between men, people can avoid their convictions like that. You have to fight for them.

    Now, to Obama...Good Luck...

    September 26, 2010 at 10:42 am |