November 21st, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #671 'Well, what do you know?'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: As cities go, Washington is kind of like a teenager - absolutely convinced that everyone else is looking at it. As I found before I wrote today’s letter, however, that’s not necessarily the case.

Dear Mr. President,

I read an article about how many Americans realize the Republicans won control of the House in this last election, and good new for you, it’s not that many! Apparently while a lot of people know the Repubs won something, slightly more than half are not sure what it was. Could have been a kitchenette, a trip to the Bahamas, or an iPad for all they know.

Like I said, that sounds like good news for you.

I mean, after all, if people don’t realize your side lost, do you really have to accept that you did? You made a whole big point right after the election of saying you had not communicated your accomplishments well enough to the voters. Maybe you should call another presser and just say, “Oh, and btw, that last vote? On second thought, we won!” Now that would be some communication!

Of course, I’m just goofing, but there is a truth here: Washington always gets very worked up over each change on the congressional scoreboard. But regular voters, not so much. I think, in most cases, many of them care a lot less about who gets credit or blame than they do about what gets done.

So while your political pals on both sides of the aisle waste inordinate amounts of time having slap fights, if you can simply find a way to keep moving forward - whether through compromise, arm-twisting, or whatever - I suspect you can still turn the results of this election to your favor.

You’ve spent a lot of time lately comparing government to a car, and that works here too. Most of us don’t really care what makes the engine run. We just want to get where we are going.

I hope you Sunday is lovely. We’re already deep in the throes of Thanksgiving preparations. Do you like real cranberry sauce or the canned kind? It would be interesting to know…


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Mani Marthandam

    Washington is to the world today what Rome was to the world at one time. At this critical juncture will the Democratic vs. Republican tussle........... my Gosh!

    November 22, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  2. Imran Sattar, Dallas, Tx

    TSA should add all Senators and Congressmen including President also with rest of the American Public to go though the same TSA pat down procedures. I still cannot believe that President Obama supported TSA on unlawful, and unconstituitional security measures. Really Washington does change people.

    November 21, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  3. Gordon Holroyd

    As a Canadian I circumnavigated the USA and stayed with numerous Americans as their guest during the campaign to elect Barack Obama President. The vast majority expressed their approval of him and their embarrassment with respect to President Georg W.Bush.
    Now that I read of a 50% disapproval of Obama I am flabbergasted.
    In my humble opinion President Obama is a very smart man having to deal with terrible situations resulting from deplorable actions taken by many others during the terms of your previous President, himself much to answer for.
    Again in my opinion, there is no American politician on the horizon who can match Obama...some who are trying to do so are a joke and a disgrace to your country.
    Wake up to the obvious, America...give your President a chance to get you out of the deep hole you are in.

    November 21, 2010 at 10:58 am |