December 17th, 2010
05:33 PM ET

Letters to the President: #697 'A hard won victory'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama has signed the tax measure. I have signed my latest letter to the White House. So we’re even.

Dear Mr. President,

My heavens, I nearly missed writing to you today! But you won’t be that lucky. Ha!

I guess I am just too busy to concentrate. My wife was off on big errands this morning, the younger daughter wrangling with school and after-school activities, my elder daughter came home for Christmas break from Georgia Tech, and I had the pleasure of winding through a massive traffic jam all the way from my office to the airport to pick her up in the middle of the day. What fun!

We intend to push pretty hard through this weekend with the Christmas preparations, because it would be so very nice if by Monday we could be down to just nice things, such as wrapping, baking cookies, and hiding behind bushes to fling snowballs at neighbors.

All that said, I must congratulate you on the final approval of your tax compromise. I know that you took some heat over it. I know that hard core lefties and righties are plenty unhappy with the whole arrangement, but most of America seems pleased and in this day and time that is saying something.

I think the smartest thing your team could do right now, is quickly analyze how you made this happen and ask yourselves, “To what else could we apply these tactics?” Surely there are other items on your agenda for which you can drum up bipartisan support if you are willing to keep standing up to the extremists on the left and right. I don’t care which items. As I have said many times, what you wish to accomplish with your presidency is your business and I’ll not pass judgment on it. But you asked for advice on how to get the job done when you took office, and that’s what I am still focusing on today.

So let me repeat: You are onto something here. This business of telling the extremists to speak up, be heard, and then step aside while you negotiate a reasonable compromise for the great mass of moderate folks in this nation is working. And it can keep working, if you are willing to keep trying.

As for me, I have to keep trying to get ready for Christmas. And I don’t want to give anything away, but if you were going to get a reindeer sweater…uh…what size would you wear? Call if you can give me an answer.


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