Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: President Obama continues trying to rally voters to his party’s side for the midterm election. But it is hard for anyone to stand close to big time political players on either side of the aisle.
Dear Mr. President,
I’m starting this week off a little frayed around the edges having traveled back and forth about ten hours for a friend’s wedding near New York this weekend. It was a lovely ceremony, the reception was beautiful, and they are a charming couple. There is something reassuring and inspiring about young people beginning the process of beginning a family.
You should have been there, and I’m not just saying that.
With all the absurdity and antagonism swirling around this midterm election I think it would do any pol good to spend some quality time among normal Americans doing normal American things. I don’t mean a campaign stop in a diner. I mean they should spend some real time in real settings aimed at producing real understanding, not press releases. Like maybe they should do a version of that “Undercover Boss” thing, you know?
Imagine how instructive it would be for, oh, say, a senator to call his own office (pretending to be someone else, of course) and to ask for help on some sticky matter. Or think about what he or she could learn by simply going through airports like the rest of us, with no special attention, no special favors, and no doors open that aren’t open to us all.
I’m sure in all the panic over the midterms that no one in either party has time to consider such an idea at the moment, but that really is a shame. Because I think this disconnect between our regular lives as voters and the sort of supernova existence of too many DC power players is precisely what makes so many think (especially in tough economic times) that it may be time to once again “throw the bums out.”
Speaking of difficulties, heaven knows what is going on with my Saints! We’ve have some rough, rough games lately. And your Bears aren’t looking so hot either. Well, at least we still have a lot of season to work with, eh? Give me a ring if you can. Busy week, but I’ll make time to talk if you can.
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