January 23rd, 2011
09:29 AM ET

Letters to the President # 734: 'The mid-season break'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama will be cheering for the Bears today. And since my dad was from Chicago, I guess I will too, but I don’t know…Green Bay looks awfully good.

Dear Mr. President,

I’m sure you are busy this weekend working on your State of the Union address, and I hope it is going well. First, because it’s pretty much part of my job to listen to every State of the Union, so I’d rather hear a good speech than a lame one. Second, because you kind of have a rep for being a good speaker and I’d hate to see you blow it on something as big as this. I mean, that would be like throwing an interception in the Super Bowl!

Speaking of which, are you going to watch the playoffs this weekend? Come on. It’s the Bears for crying out loud! I’d have to be working on something a lot more important than a speech to Congress to miss that.

This has been an interesting season in the NFL. So many teams seemed to be running so strong early on, and then one-by-one they faded. My Saints looked pretty good, but couldn’t hold up. The Falcons were like giants, but shrank; the Giants looked like winners, but lost.

I think that is an important thing to keep in mind as you head into the second half of your term in office. (No disrespect, btw. The reason I don’t say “your first term,” is that implies that each president should naturally expect to be re-elected and that is not always the case.) The way many seasons begin is quite different from how they end. Three years ago, you were a hopeless long shot. Maybe no one, except you, thought you could become President, and yet look what happened. By the same token, your numbers are not great at the moment, yet who knows what will happen between now and the fall of 2012?

Still, the same thing applies to your opponents. The Republicans could sink into a brutal civil war within their own party and fail to produce anyone who can beat you. Or they could coalesce around someone that no one is paying attention to right now, and that someone could rip the Oval Office right out from under you.

Or there could be an Independent contender who could defy all the conventional wisdom and crush the candidates for both major parties.

All I can say really is Go Bears, good luck, and whatever happens remember that your season is just beginning.



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