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December 3rd, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Letters to the President: #683 'Bipartisanship? Yep. Still Dead.'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: I believe the left, right, and middle can find common ground. I think smart Republicans and smart Democrats can work together. Obviously, I’m an idiot. Here is today’s letter.

Dear Mr. President,

I worked with a cameraman once who, in all fairness, had little talent. His shots were acceptable, but never inspired. The framing was pedestrian; his composition was weak to non-existent, and he never used a tripod unless you absolutely insisted or bribed him with a promise of an early dinner and lots of margaritas. And yet time and again he would come in from a shoot blustering about the “outstanding” moment he’d captured, the bit of brilliance that would make the story.

And every time I fell for it. I would cue up the tape breathlessly, convinced he could not possibly be so enthused unless he had at least something worth looking at. Never once did he come through.

That’s how I feel about bipartisanship now. Like a sucker. Every time you, or your fellow Dems, or the Republicans talk up the idea of working together, I believe it. Despite all the failures, despite all the disingenuousness, despite everything that makes Americans shake their heads about Washington, doggonit, I still believe that there are enough smart, good people in elected office to understand the nature and importance of compromise.

I would be better off searching for Sasquatch.

Just days ago you, your team and the GOP seemed to get the message from the last election (and the one before it, for that matter) that voters have had it with this insane “take no prisoners/agree on nothing/strike no bargains” approach to governance. Yet here we are with insults once again being hurled, ultimatums being issued, and enough lines being drawn in the sand to stage a beach volleyball tournament.

Your side blames theirs, their side blames yours. Again. And you wonder why the public keep blaming all of you.

Please don’t call. I can’t bear another explanation. That said I hope all is well with you and yours. Went on a seven miles run this morning and it was chilly! You should have been there.

Regards,
Tom

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Carol Galbert

    I am concerned that the dicussion pertaining to the continuation of unemployment benefits may be a dead issue. My hope is that it still could be debated. What do you and others believe the outlook for further debate being possible? Carol A Galbert

    December 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  2. Carol Galbert

    I am concerned that the dicussion pertaining to the continuation of unemployment benefits may be a dead issue. My hope is that it still could be debated. What do you and others believe the outlook for further debate being possible? Carol A Galbert, RN,LPC

    December 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  3. Jo

    Thank you Mr. Foreman for expressing so clearly what so many of us feel exactly 30 days to the day after the last elections. And you did it without yelling (in caps) or swearing. That in itself is pretty impressive too. Not sure I could have foregone either.

    December 4, 2010 at 2:55 am |
  4. Karon Greene

    You hit the nail on the head with your letter to the President today, #683. I believe all or at least 95% of Americans feel exactly as you said in the letter, I know I do! Thanks for such insightful letters, speaking the truth, although I doubt that the President is listening, cause none of them (Republicans and Democrats) alike seem to be getting it. Thanks, well said.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  5. Robert Salazar Jr.

    I hope you do a show something about what actually happened to Social Security. It was used as a slush fund and was looted for years. This is the reason that it will be insolvent. The politicians used IOUS now they will come due. The American public should know what has HAPPENED!!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  6. Marcy

    Thank you Tom, sadly you are correct. I'm so tired of the back and forth banter that a "sport" that i really enjoyed watching now i avoid like the plague. We use to say it was in the best interest of the country now we all know better, and that my CNN favorite, is the saddest lesson of all.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm |