Tom Foreman | BIO
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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