December 6th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Letters to the President: #686 'Taking a day off'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama is working today. I’m not. I mean, except for writing my daily letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

Today is my birthday, just in case Biden didn’t tell you. It is my wife’s birthday, too. I think I’ve mentioned before that we share that peculiar connection in addition to having the same anniversary. To celebrate, I have taken the day off and she and I are going to hang out, get some lunch, exchange gifts. It will be nice. I mention it because I will be aggressively avoiding my cell phone so if you want to reach me you’d probably better text me an “urgent” or “911” before dialing.

I’m tending a bit to home business with the holidays looming, and trying to work in a little cool out time if only to pace myself. Speaking of which, did you see the Redskins game yesterday? I couldn’t even count all the passes they dropped. Those guys couldn’t catch a cold. But my Saints did well, so that’s nice.

I truly thought I’d have the Christmas lights up by now, but it seems as if I just can’t get started. I’ve had the energy and inspiration a couple of times, but then something else got in the way. Part of the problem is that we’ve wanted to change up our motif a bit, and we’re not sure how. You get into a rut after a while; same old lights in the same old places. We’re considering a penguin theme out front, which is kind of goofy since there are no penguins at the North Pole, but we’ll see.

The morning started with something unusual. I’ve been running a good bit more lately and decided I really needed to get in six miles today, so I tumbled out of bed in the dark shortly after six and took off. It was cold and no one was moving, so it felt a little creepy at first. But by the time I wound around through the neighborhood a bit and made it down to the Potomac River, everything was dimly visible in a bluish, pre-dawn light.

After I warmed up, it was really very nice. Wind whistling under the edges of my cap, my feet softly crunching on the dirt path, squirrels and deer skittering away. I made it home shortly before the sun actually rose (I think. It was kind of cloudy so I couldn’t tell for sure.) Let the dog out, read the newspaper for a few minutes, then roused everyone for church. Good times. That said, in church I was fairly overwhelmed by the warmth of sunlight through the windows and the after effects of all that effort. It was all I could do to stay awake. Anyway, although I am taking it easy I hope your week is off to a good start. I’m sure that jobs report late last week was tough to take. But as I thought when the cold and dark were pressing around my run, hang in there and wait for sunrise.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    Happy Birthday Tom to you and your wife. I hope your day was wonderful. Your advice to hang in there and wait for the sunrise is good – we all need to do that and we need to help our needier neighbors in this economy. Helping out even if it is small does wonders for your outlook on life on both the helpers and the person being helped.

    December 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  2. Amber

    Happy birthday sir, to you and your wife.

    I truly enjoy your letters. Not only are they entertaining, they're also a great distraction from homework.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  3. C.Johnson

    Happy Birthday! I share the day with you. I find you are very direct in the message you deliver, something I share with you. I like the clear honesty that you use to sometimes say what needs to be said. For example, the story on the media not checking the facts was necessary. The level slopiness needs to be shared with the public. The media cites media, media interviews journalists and that is taken as valid legitimate reorting? The story needs to continue. Journalism requires going to the direct sources, the original writings, the quotes, the source. This conversation about what is journalism and what is opinion needs to continue. Otherwise, personal non fact based opinions will eventually become news (maybe they have already) and where will our Democracy be with our voters making decisions based on inuendo and gossip and unsubstantiated "facts". Back to the middle ages kept in ignorance and fear? Keep up the good work.

    Another December 6 person.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  4. teresa, ohio

    Happy Birthday to you and your wife. : )

    December 6, 2010 at 10:37 am |