December 28th, 2010
02:36 PM ET

Letters to the President: #708 'What's in the Cabinet?'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: I continue to enjoy a few days off, except for writing my daily letter to the White House. Hey, it can’t be all fun and games.

Dear Mr. President,

So I understand from your press secretary that you are not planning any big changes in your Cabinet. Well, I guess that's fine. I suppose I didn't really expect you to call, but finding out this way stings a bit, fyi.

How about a "Hey, Tom, just called to let you know how much I've enjoyed your letters and how important you are to me as an unofficial advisor. Truth be told, you're so valuable to the success of my team, and heck, to the health of the nation, that as much as I'd like to have you in my Cabinet, I just can't risk upsetting the incredibly important work you’re doing right where you are. And after all, who would want to be cooped up in stuffy meetings, when he can be a 'secret weapon' instead!"

To be honest, I'm not sure what department I'd want to head up anyway. Commerce? Not good enough at math. Education? Nah. If you had a Department of Watching Sports and Old Movies, I think that would interest me. So if that comes up, just let me know.

As it is, I think there is good and bad in sticking with a team. If it is winning team, the decision is easy enough. I mean, if you are the coach of the Saints (and did you see their win over Atlanta last night? Who dat!) it makes sense to keep your team pretty much just as it is. If, on the other hand, you're the 49ers this year? Seems like a good time to rearrange the desks and contact HR on a few folks, if you know what I mean.

Your team, while not exactly filled with stars, has seemed solid enough. It's not as if they've brought shame upon your White House, put their feet on the furniture, or been caught skinny dipping in the reflecting pool. I'd generally call them a bunch of Lukes. As in lukewarm, which in this climate, is not bad.

The truth is that most people could care less who sits in your Cabinet. As long as you point the nation in the right direction, and the team produces a winning record, it’s not a bad idea to stick with them for all their strengths and weaknesses.

Call if you can.


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