October 9th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #628 'Resistant to change'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama has seemed a tad annoyed when pressed about why things haven’t changed so much in DC yet. Can’t blame him, but then again…change is about more than just what one party wants…

Dear Mr. President,

If the North Koreans ever capture my wife and want state secrets from her, all they’ll have to do is lock her in a room with a computer. In twenty minutes she’ll give up everything she knows, thinks she knows, or might know some day in the future. That’s how crazed she will be by the mere presence of the machine. She is a wonderful, brilliant, caring and educated woman with almost unlimited skills, but dealing with computers, even she would admit, is not one of them.

Whenever the phone rings and she starts the conversation with, “I’m sitting at the computer and I have a problem,” I know that I’m in for a challenge. This morning it was PDF files - their care, feeding, and habitat. Already running late for the office, I stood there trying to explain (from my admittedly rudimentary knowledge) while she stared at the computer as if it were a box full of rabid squirrels.

Anyway, let me state again, that she is one of the most accomplished and intelligent individuals you will ever meet, but like a lot of folks our age, she is a shade daunted by some technology, and there are days when I know she would happily do without it if only the world worked that way.