December 12th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #692 'See you at the party'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama is taking part in various holiday festivities. So am I…uh when I’m not writing letters to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

You and I will be at a party together tonight! What fun! I’m talking about the Christmas in Washington concert which my family and I attend every year. It’s always nice to see you (or whoever is president at the time) and to listen to the big name musical acts. I hope nothing comes up that keeps you away, because I know a lot of folks would be disappointed.

That said, I suppose that’s true for any event that any president is ever expected to attend. You are pretty much always going to be the “star” in the room. So like I said, I hope you make it.

I mentioned some days ago that we were not terribly much in the Christmas mood yet this year, but I think that is improving a bit. We’ve been playing some of our favorite Christmas tunes at home - Shouldn’t Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas, December is for Cynics, Fairytale of New York. You should have seen my wife rocking out to Christmas in Hollis.

We’ve managed to put some decorations up, and we’ve done some shopping although, I hate to admit, not nearly enough.

Probably the nicest, most festive things I’ve done so far would not necessarily strike you as Christmas traditions, but for me they are. While I was in New York (as I am almost every holiday season) I finished work one night and about 10:45 set out on a five mile run through the city. Went past the big Rockefeller tree, saw the ice skaters, down 5th Avenue with all the shops lit up, then past some of those great window displays, and then back up through Times Square. Way jolly, let me tell you.

Then the next night, with my studio work done (on All the Best, All the Worst of 2010…which you better watch, doggonit!) I hopped the train back to DC. On the way I listened to a 1939 Mercury Theater/Campbell’s Playhouse radio drama of A Christmas Carol. Orson Welles. Lionel Barrymore. Great stuff. I’ve been listening to a copy of that show for years and it always makes me feel great.

Anyway, with little luck, by the time the concert is over tonight, I’ll be in fine fettle. Whatever fettle is. Come over and say hi if you are not too pressed. Have you met my wife and daughter? I don’t think so. They’d enjoy that, and I’m sure you would too.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Stan

    Why haven"t we taken a look at the Company called Identa Corp!! Other Countries have and it seems to be something we should also take a look at for our traveling safety.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:51 am |
  2. Annie Kate


    If the President is there and comes over to meet you and your family be sure to get a picture – otherwise we may not believe you! That would be fun though and you would be in a fine fettle after that.

    Your run sounded glorious with all the Christmas sights to see – especially the tree and the ice skaters. I have never been to New York but when I think of Christmas those are some of the images I think of – probably from too much tv as a child.

    December 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Kim

    Ho ! Ho ! Ho ! Santa's checkin his list and we're all rocking around the Christmas Tree. Great move on Bill Clinton and way to go Obama!Bill Clinton is explaining taxes to us and Obama has him in there selling and closing the deal. Let's hear it straight up Bill Clinton and what's going on ? Break it down and taxes on go.Everybody needs to listen for solutions and find solid common ground.The old economic car ? Everybody keep pushing together. No deflation and we see that in action in Europe.Tution is going up and that didn't go over well. Explain to out young Americans what you're doing and what's going on and think a lot of their protest is anger and frustration they don't understand what politicans are doing and what solutions are being executed ti benefit them and their generation.It's tough economically everywhere and that's scary. Does it say made in the USA ? Senator Boehner teared up on 60 minutes ? He's cool and has a lot of heart for his position as speaker for this country and he's going to be fantastic. Team up Democrats and Republicans ! This is United States of America and when the going gets tough the tough get going.This country is not going into another recession and stop playing politics with the lives and best interests of American citizens.What's happening with Wiki Trickie and is our US Espionage Act working ? Kick it and see cause it may need some midnight oil burning for amendment.Peace on "START" now.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  4. Karon Greene

    Thanks, your letter #692 put a smile on my face. You and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

    December 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm |